[JPL] The Respect Sextet Live From Blue Lake Tonight

Lazaro Vega wblv.wblu.fm at gmail.com
Wed Aug 30 01:57:38 EDT 2006

The Respect Sextet presents powerful solo improvisations amid a unique
blend of improvised and composed ensemble styles live on Blue Lake
Public Radio this Wednesday, August 30th at 10 p.m. edt. The jazz
performance streams live from www.bluelake.org and broadcasts
regionally over WBLV FM 90.3 / WBLU FM 88.9, Grand Rapids. For
information please write radio at bluelake.org.

Exciting, one of a kind music and interviews on the electric medium it
was meant for: radio.

The Rochester based Respect Sextet's trip to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
in the Manistee National Forest is to promote their public concert
Saturday, September 2nd at Space vs. Time, 470 Market Ave SW (Between
Wealthy and Godfrey) Grand Rapids at 8:30 p.m. $8. Contact Space vs
Time by phone: 616-901-9717, or e-mail: yoroc111 at aol.com.

These Michigan performances are part of a larger tour, details of
which are found at www.respectsextet.com.

>From their web site:

Formed in 2001, the Respect Sextet is a powerhouse ensemble dedicated
to performing a variety of improvisational musics, including free
improvisations, original compositions, free jazz classics, Bulgarian
tunes, text pieces, jazz standards, and game pieces. Seemingly
disparate strands are held together by Respect's explosive energy,
outstanding musicianship, and rare telepathy, honed by two years of
weekly performances at a Rochester coffeehouse. The feeling that at
any moment anything can happen and an overarching joie de vivre
pervade Respect performances.

The group comprises Josh Rutner (reeds, radio), Eli Asher (trumpet),
James Hirschfeld (trombone), Malcolm Kirby (bass), Ted Poor (drums)
and Red Wierenga (piano, accordion). After releasing two
limited-edition (now-sold-out) CD-Rs, (respect.) and (respectacle.),
and a mini-CD-R, (respookt.), Respect made its official studio debut
with "The Full Respect," released to rave reviews in August, 2003.
Cadence Magazine called it "an impressive debut" and about it
NewMusicBox.org said: Throwing this disc into your CD player feels
like walking into a really great party, a room full of beautiful,
laughing people. And like a good party, by the end of the record, you
are left pleasantly dizzy and exhausted.

The Full Respect was also named #3 Jazz CD of the Year by WGMC, and
music from the CD was featured in the short film Who's Your Daddy?, an
official selection at Sundance 2004.

Coming on the heels of this success, in January, 2005, Respect
released "Respect In You," a free-wheeling live recording featuring
guest bassist Matt Clohesy. Nate Dorward wrote in Cadence Magazine,

"Respect In You is one of this year's outstanding new discs, providing
more food for thought and pure enjoyment than just about anything I've
heard lately."

The Respect Sextet, through its eclecticism, its devotion to
improvisation, its predilection towards swing, and its use of toys and
"little instruments," has drawn comparisons both to New Dutch Swing
and to the AACM. Indeed, many dialectics are at work (or play) in
Respect's music, in which the serious, heady, and intellectual mingles
with the light, comic, and absurd, where compositions alternate with
improvisations, and where tight ensemble work coexists with loose,
empathic interplay.

Please join the Respect Sextet with host Lazaro Vega and engineer
Steve Albert, Wednesday, August 30th at 10 p.m. edt over
www.bluelake.org .

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