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Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Jason Levis, drums
duo B., the San Francisco Bay Area improvising and composing ensemble of acoustic bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and drummer/percussionist Jason Levis, is a musical think tank of grand schemes and impossible scenarios. Over a dozen years, the ensemble has developed and refined its singular approach to improvisation and composition, through cross-disciplinary projects with film, collaborations with improvising instrumentalists at home and abroad, and immersion in the improvised-composed musical worlds of masters Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor and Henry Threadgill. duo B. has released two recordings, on the Evander (2006) and Edgetone (2013) labels, and has served as the crack rhythm section for West Coast reed heroes Cory Wright, Phillip Greenlief, Matt Renzi, and others.
Over the past two years, duo B. has embarked on a new journey in long-form improvisation with its latest project, an exploration of the musical vision of master improviser, pianist Cecil Taylor, re-imagined for bass and drums. The result is a new release, No Ins & Outs, released on Queen Bee Records September 2017 and followed by the group’s first East Coast tour.
The process of researching, assembling and performing this set of music is perhaps as interesting as the music itself—the duo spent months transcribing, notating, playing along with, de- and re-constructing, learning and unlearning, and in all kinds of ways trying to inhabit Taylor’s musical universe. Their focus was Taylor’s stunning 1976 live solo performance Air Above Mountains (Buildings Within).
Thanks for listening.
from No Ins & Outs,
released September 4, 2017
Recorded and mixed by John Finkbeiner at New, Improved Recording, Oakland CA. Mastered by Myles Boisen at Guerrilla mastering Lab, Oakland CA.