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Artist: GIBSON, JON
Title: Two Solo Pieces
Format: LP
Label: Chatham Square
Country: USA
Price: $30.00
Original copies of this 1977 release, in shrink. Number eight on Alan Lichts original "Minimal Top Ten." "CYCLES and UNTITLED are two compositions that represent some of Gibsons work combining elements of structure with elements of improvisation. CYCLES is an environmental, textural piece that is essentially improvised on a constantly shifting seven-note melodic progression in four-part harmony. It explores some of the sound capabilities of the pipe organ by using sustained tones in various groupings, clusters, and stop-settings. UNTITLED is essentially a long melody that repeats and expands upon itself within the framework of a given scale and pitch range. The written score simply indicates the note sequence to be observed. Other musical elements, such as phrasing, articulation, rhythm, tempo, dynamic range, and feeling, are determined spontaneously by the performer, within a general stylistic framework. UNTITLED has also been performed as a duet and a trio." - Chatham Square.
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Artist: GIBSON, JON
Title: Two Solo Pieces
Format: CD
Label: New Tone
Country: Italy
Price: $22.00
Second, equally essential Jon Gibson reissue, available again. "This is a reissue on CD of Gibsons second LP, which was originally issued by Philip Glass extremely collectible Chatham Square label in 1977. This CD version presents presents five pieces, three of which are unissued. Cycles, for solo organ, uses a seven note melodic progression in four-part harmony exploring various technique on the pipe organ. Untitled, for solo alto flute, is a long melody where the note sequence is indicated while the other elements of the performance (duration, phrasing, tempo, ...) are left to the player choices. Both these compositions combine elements of the written structure with elements of improvisation. Then there are three unissued compositions. Melody IV Part 1 is part of a series of «melody» pieces that use the same melodic material in different contest. Another piece of the «melody» series is Melody III, for Yamaha Organ, built around the number 36 and his possible divisions. To close the CD, Song 1 for quartet that echoes, in the sound and instrumentation, a string quartet with soprano sax, violin and two cellos. The inspiration source is almost traditional and the result is very charming and nice. On cello on this track there is the great American composer and performer Arthur Russell. This release offers another possibility to discover the music of composer Jon Gibson and, more in general, of another side of the American Minimal Music." - New Tone.
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Artist: GIBSON, JON
Title: Visitations I + II + Thirties
Format: CD
Label: New Tone
Country: Italy
Price: $22.00
"New editions of these all-time classic minimalist works, originally issued on the Chatham Square label in the LP era, reissued on CD by New Tone in the mid-90s -- and available again. "American composer and saxophone player Jon Gibson is one of the most important exponents of the American Minimal Music school. He is the only musician to have performed with the three major figures of this school: Philip Glass, Steven Reich and Terry Riley. As a performer Gibson took part in several very important world premieres, such as Drumming by Steve Reich, In C by Terry Riley and Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass. He is a founding member of the Philip Glass Ensemble. This is a reissue on CD of Gibsons first LP, which was originally issued by Philip Glass extremely collectable Chatham Square label in the seventies. This CD version presents the original material that appeared on the LP, as well as previously unissued material. The original tracks were two long compositions: Visitations I - II, that Gibson describes as 16 Multi Track-Textured Environmental Soundscape. The music presentes several layers of sounds, mostly natural, that create a very unique Environmental Soundscape." The previously unreleased "Thirties" is from the ICES Festival, 1972, and features Gavin Bryars, David Rosenboom, and others."

Artist: GIBSON, JON
Title: Two Solo Pieces
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
"For his second album, Two Solo Pieces, Jon Gibson forgoes the dense, multi-layered timbres of Visitations in favor of simple textures and tone. While Two Solo Pieces serves up further evidence of Gibsons centrality to American minimalism -- witness its inclusion in Alan Lichts famed Minimal Top Ten list -- this profoundly intimate record also reveals the beauty of enclosed spaces and infinite harmonic vistas. As its unadorned title suggests, Two Solo Pieces consists of a pair of side-long tracks featuring the composer alone. While Cycles, an iridescent improvisation on organ, achieves a downright eerie sense of expansiveness, Gibsons captivating alto flute on Untitled draws the listener inside the instrument itself. The photo on the albums back cover -- a seated Gibson surrounded by cascading rows of organ pipes and the vaulted ceiling in Manhattans Peace Church -- offers a striking visual complement to these gorgeous recordings. Originally released in 1977 on Philip Glass Chatham Square imprint, this first-time vinyl reissue is recommended for fans of Anthony Moore, Roberto Cacciapaglia and Terry Riley." - Superior Viaduct.

Artist: GIBSON, JON
Title: Visitations
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
"Since the mid-1960s, Jon Gibson has played a key role in the development of American avant-garde music. No other artist has performed in the world premieres of Terry Rileys In C, Steve Reichs Drumming, and Philip Glasss Einstein on the Beach, three major works that changed the course of musical history. While his expertise on woodwind instruments made Gibson a go-to collaborator in Reichs, Glasss, and La Monte Youngs ensembles, less known are his remarkable contributions as a composer and visual artist. Visitations, Gibsons first release under his own name, originally appeared on the Chatham Square imprint in 1973. Inspired by the books of Carlos Castaneda, Gibson departs from the structured repetition of his minimalist peers and takes the listener on an aural journey -- spanning organic field recordings, ambient flutes and synthesizers, and free-flowing textures. Visitations two side-long tracks are at once solemn and unsettling, making this an astonishing debut that firmly establishes Gibson as a pioneer in his own right. This first-time vinyl reissue is recommended for fans of Cluster, Harold Budd, and Phill Niblock." - Superior Viaduct.
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