New American Songbooks Vol. 2
Kris Davis, Matt Mitchell, Aruán Ortiz, Matthew Shipp
"Produced by Nate Wooley, New American Songbooks, Volume 2 brings together solo piano tracks from four distinguished modern jazz players, guided by a challenge to use selections that expand the idea of the "American Songbook" canon beyond familiar jazz-standard territory. -Ernie, Paik, Chatanooga Pulse"
Matthew Shipp / Nate Wooley
"Two singular artists continually expanding in their own ever-personal unique universes. Taking & loving risks. Yet staying true to the form(s) while transforming. Multifaceted. Multidirectional. Multidimensional. - Steve Dalachinsky"
stem flower root
"This limited edition download and chapbook set features the first composition released from Nate Wooley's For/With commissioning series and festival. Written specifically for Wooley, Michael Pisaro-Liu has built a lush and natural bed of sinetones upon which the trumpet blends and emphasizes spectral colors through the use of different mutings before taking off in some of Pisaro-Liu's most intimate and lyrical writing to date. The trumpet returns at the end to add gravity to the sinetones, bringing the piece to a quietly exultant end. "
The Seven Storey Mountain
"“Seven Storey Mountain” involve a sloughing off of conventional technique in favor of esoteric sounds, and a sensation of slow, steady ascent through mysterious terrain toward a distant peak. -Steve Smith, New York Times"
The Seven Storey Mountain II
"It is a haunting, often aggressive sound world that moves from a place of chilled droning into a dense and pummeling chaos, before returning to a stressed restraint reminiscent of the work’s opening moments. -Molly Sheridan, New Music Box"
The Seven Storey Mountain III & IV
"The concept of this cycle is to simulate the ecstatic experience described by Trappist Monk Thomas Merton in his book of the same name. The music is both introspective and noisily rapturous. -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
The Complete Syllables Music
"This is an artist dedicated to questioning boundaries, pushing limits, and flirting with failure in all its forms. These things take a toll. But the next shore is already in sight - the last essay in The Complete Syllables Music box outlines a proposal for adapting the system for chamber ensemble. -Eric McDowell, Free Jazz Blog"
"The set up and sequencing of the album, featuring the four distinct voices, makes for a captivating listen. Battle Pieces is a thoughtful and unusually constructed album that offers the patient listener a fine musical experience. -Paul Acquaro, The Free Jazz Collective"
The Seven Storey Mountain V
"This album requires active engagement on the part of the listener. It’ll push you through your confusion into a place satisfyingly close to enlightenment. High volume and good speakers are heavily recommended. -David Menestres, Free Jazz Blog"
Battle Pieces 2
"The second series of Battle Pieces, a compositional system that now consists of roughly 100 short pieces that are manipulated and articulated differently by the members of the band for each performance in order to give one member who is purely improvising a very hard time, is out today on Relative Pitch Records. Beautiful playing all the way around on this live set recorded in Germany last year and featuring Sylvie Courvoisier, Ingrid Laubrock, and Matt Moran. - Nate Wooley"