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[Audio] – Peter Zummo with Arthur Russell – “Song IV” (1985)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on March 5, 2009

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Peter Zummo (with Arthur Russell) – “Song IV” (1985)

Peter Zummo collaborated with Arthur Russell on seemingly every disco and experimental work Russell headed up.  Here trombonist Zummo gets top billing, but it’s clearly a collaboration of equals.  This piece was a revalation to me when I first heard it–yet another side to Arthur, a sublimely spiritual instrumental work rooted in his study of Indian music, with Russell on wordless vocals and cello, Zummo on delay-trombone.  Simply beautiful–and reissued last year, so pick it up!  [Arthur Russell is featured in various incarnations here, here, here, and here.  If you don't know Arthur yet--rent 'Wild Combination' and buy 'World of Echo' (recently re-pressed) and you'll never look back.]


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  1. ohrensause said, on March 6, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    i only realized now that this instrumental piece is more than 20 minutes long. and there is not a second of dullness. i think what i like here most is that it sounds so spontaneous and that is not repetitive at all while being very minimal in terms of instruments. just trombone, cello and some drumming. there is so much going on here, so much life in this music, a wonderful discovery, thanks.

  2. [...] Steinski & Double Dee – “Lesson No. 1 – The Payoff Mix” (1983) 09   [39:08]   Peter Zummo & Arthur Russell – “Song IV” (Excerpt) (1985) 10   [44:52]   Antonio Vivaldi – “Double Concerto, Largo, G Minor” [...]


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