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Monday, May 08 2006 | 12:59

These days, it’s all about reconstruction. Well, actually it’s always been about that. Only that in this day and age, with all those electronic devices surrounding us, there’s so many more possibilities to re-arrange, re-play, re-mix and re-cycle. But while most musical reconstruction today is depending on electronic means, HEAPS DUB presents a slightly different approach. Burnt Friedman’s various projects – that often cross the borders of the most traditional jazz while being produced in Friedman’s own genuine electronic style – experience an acoustic makeover on this album.

The ten tracks assembled on HEAPS DUB all come from the diverse albums Friedman has released with the projects Flanger – together with Atom™ – The Nu Dub Players and also solo on his Nonplace label from 2000-2004. This selection was chosen by Hayden Chisholm, long-time collaborator of Friedman in the various live outfits with which the two tour the world together. Chisholm is also part of the acclaimed jazz band ROOT 70 who have now come to play the once electronically conceived brain children of Friedman in a somewhat classic jazz quartet style – acoustic, from the page, and live.

HEAPS DUB therefore presents the reconstruction of the reconstruction: Friedman in his original programmed work has always tried to come as close as it gets to the authenticity of natural instruments and the spirit of a band playing – to question the very principle of “natural”. ROOT 70 on this album have “re-naturalized” the programmed works of Friedman – not necessarily to question the very principle of “programmed”, but to show that these works are true songs in their own right, as well as musical favourites, no matter what the overall circumstances might be.

HEAPS DUB comes full cycle with the final production, editing and overdubs that Burnt Friedman did after Hayden Chisholm, Nils Wogram, Matt Penman and Jochen Rueckert had recorded their versions of his diverse songs. There are four dub tunes, some latin-jazz songs as well as a spoken word piece and a smooth jazz track on the album. Connecting them is the general length of five minutes per track – and the unmistakable timeless quality of Flanger and Friedman’s songwriting. And songwriting is, as we all should know by now, just another form of reconstruction.

Hayden Chisholm – saxophone/clarinet/melodica
Nils Wogram – trombone
Jochen Rueckert – drums
Matt Penman – double bass


01. Get Things Straight (Friedman/Atom™)
02. Designer Groove (Friedman/Hass)
03. Five Star Group Travel (Friedman)
04. Destination Unknown (Friedman)
05. Revivitator (Tongs Of Love), CD only (Friedman/Black Sifichi)
06. Escape The Night (Friedman)
07. Life Is Worth Dying For (Friedman)
08. It Ain´t Rocket Science (Atom™/Friedman/Hass)
09. Bosco´s Disposable Driver (Atom™/Friedman)
10. Nightbeat, CD only (Atom™/Friedman)

The album Root 70Heaps Dub” (Nonplace) is going to be released June 23, 2006.

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