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The Invisible
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The Invisible


Listen to #1:

"Good Fever"
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Listen to #1:
"Good Fever"
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Listen to #2:
"The Leaf's Impression"
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Listen to #2:
"The Leaf's Impression"
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* this is a 96 kHz recording

If you were rather disappointed with the "New Millenium" and the inevitable passing of time, then perhaps you should check out Peter Epstein`s new record, "The Invisible." Like all of our releases, we feel this record presents a powerful and viable musical statement that will stand the test of time.

What "The Invisible" presents to the listener is an aural look back at the sound of the 60`s, while making strides into the (ever shrinking) creative sonic future. How can this happen? One listen to Jamie Saft`s vintage, vacuum tube powered Italian Farfisa organ on tracks 2, 4 and 6 and you will understand what we mean. But, let`s not forget that this is Peter`s record and that he penned all the compositions to play with this band which also includes the stable Chris Dahlgren on bass and most amazing of drummers, Jim Black.

Quite honestly, it is truely difficult to describe the music on this record, but what I can say with conviction is that everyone has his own voice and when everyone "sings" together, the energy and "harmony" is from another world. This quartet is so free, but so tight and Peter`s compositions could not sound better than with the members of this group.

Here is what Peter has to say in the liner notes:

Many things are invisible. Some always so, others, as an exception.

Often, it seems, it's the most significant things that are invisible -

emotions, ideas, meanings, patterns. One has to be ready for them or, overlooked, they slip away.

When one looks past the essential technical elements, the making of this music - focused, collective intent - relies almost entirely on invisible means. It is difficult to say exactly how collective communication takes place, even these words betray it's true essence, they're far too visible, too simple.

The process within each musician is invisible and mysterious.

Even more so is the collective process. (In this case, four) people find internal focus, enough to "look" outside themselves and "see" and respond to what the others are doing in turn. Success varies; one and all can only try to be ready.

It is to this invisible process, in music and all aspects of life, that this album is dedicated.

"The Invisible" was recorded in June of 1988 inside the St. Peters Church in Chelsea, Manhattan with one pair of Telefunken 221 vacuum tube microphones supplied by bassist Chris Dahlgren himself. The low end is tight and amazingly fat, due to the large one inch capsules. The top is liquid and smooth, especially when Jamie Saft plays that New York Full Concert Grand Steinway. And, of course like all (except 2) MA recordings done after the fall of 1992, this record is an original 96 kHz recording.

The cover photo was done by the award winning Japanese photographer Shoji Ohnuma a true artist who will be working with MA long into the future.

"THE INVISIBLE"

Peter Epstein: saxophones

Jamie Saft: farfisa organ, piano and accordion (on track X)

Chris Dahlgren: bass

Jim Black: drums and percussion

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