Peter Zummo – Frame Loop

13. March 2018

Foom present Frame Loop from Peter Zummo. A newly discovered recording from 1984 including Arthur Russell on amplified cello on every track.

A1. Song II: Left; On The Beat - Variations
A2. Song II: Right; Off The Beat
A3. Extract
B1. Song II: Left; On The Beat
B2. Song II: Right; Off The Beat - Negative Ions

Total running time: 37mn44

A few years ago, American composer and trombonist PETER ZUMMO
discovered a 1984 recording of unreleased material from his Six Songs
suite in his archive. Six Songs was the basis for LATERAL PASS (Foom
2014), his award winning score for modern-dance choreographer Trisha
Brown’s work of the same name. Material taken from Six Songs can also
be heard on his seminal ZUMMO WITH AN X (Loris Bend, 1985/Optimo
The work is now being released as a new LP, FRAME LOOP. Recorded
live and in single takes, it features a stellar line-up of longtime ZUMMO
collaborators: ARTHUR RUSSELL on amplified cello, BILL RUYLE on
marimba, and MUSTAFA AHMED on congas. ZUMMO plays trombone and
ZUMMO describes the recording as ‘an exercise in spontaneous
arrangement’. He mainly hews close to the score, while from time to time
introducing canonic lines and variations.
ARTHUR RUSSELL, using his signature amplified cello sound, alternates
between solos and rhythm playing. BILL RUYLE vamps on the notation,
while MUSTAFA AHMED’s improvised percussion drives the forward
momentum. Sometimes the music takes its time traversing a sonic
landscape; at other points, it jumps from one section to another. Players'
decisions push and pull the downbeat; rounds emerge, then disappear.
PITCHFORK have previously called ZUMMO's trombone work “peerless”
and have described his music as “the sound of sublimity…that sends
shivers down the nervous system.” In an interview with THE QUIETUS,
OPTIMO’s JD TWITCH characterised ZUMMO's playing as “sheer bliss.”
In addition to performing his own compositions and leading his own
ensembles, ZUMMO has worked with myriad bands, orchestras, composers
and musicians. His celebrated trombone style is recognized as one of the
most beloved features of ARTHUR RUSSELL's sound, for whom he played
and collaborated with in the recording studio. Among many others are
PETER GORDON and his LOVE OF LIFE ORCHESTRA, drummerproducer TOM SKINNER (Hello Skinny), cellist-composer/producer
OLIVER COATES, the LOUNGE LIZARDS, including the recording of TEO
MACERO’s Fusion, which also featured the London Philharmonic
Orchestra, and the Downtown Ensemble. He lives in New York City.
LP (analog) / FOOM
Erscheint am 02.03.2018