Lower Monumental

Mayday Session

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...meticulously molds musical soundscapes that can alternately seduce you to sleep, get you stoned, and make you feel all slinky and sexy. Brilliance without words.
- Anodyne Magazine

The debut recording of Portland's Lower Monumental documents a live performance for Seattle's KEXP radio show "Sonarchy." Totally unrehearsed or preplanned, Lower Monumental's performances take jazz into unfamiliar ambient and picturesque territory. Aided by the subtle use of electronic effects and samplers, they explore texture and landscape implying a moody, free-jazz soundtrack. The musicians formed the core of "Flatland," a post-modern fusion group that recorded 2 albums and appeared with Herbie Hancock, Charlie Hunter, Galactic & Wayne Horvitz.


Track Listing:

1. Entrance
2. Escalator
3. Elektra
4. Orbiter
5. On The Ancient Road
6. In Tomb Country
7. Swing Tune
8. Headlights
9. Exit

Performers:

Lower Monumental is:

Saul Cline - saxophone
Matt Wayne - guitar
Todd Bishop - drums

Production Info:

All music composed live by Lower Monumental.

Originally broadcast May 1, 2004 on Sonarchy Radio (KEXP, Seattle).
Recorded by Doug Haire at Jack Straw Studios (Seattle, WA).
Mastered by Bob Stark at Kung Fu Bakery (Portland, OR).
Design and photos by Todd Bishop.


Reviews of Mayday Session

All Music Guide (Adam Greenburg)
Two-thirds of the group formerly known as Flatland return for a new debut with this one, a recording of a live improv session on one of Seattle's better avant-garde radio stations. The music is relatively similar to that of Flatland, with the notable removal of a bass and addition of a sax, courtesy of Saul Cline, a session player occasionally with ...

All About Jazz (Stephen Latessa)
When I was living at home, there were certain types of music that would cause my mother to knock on my bedroom door as she walked past and ask, "what are you listening to?" in a tone that seemed to wonder whether she had a reason to be worried. The Mayday Session is that type of music. It isn't particularly loud or jarring, but there are enough kin ...

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