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Venue:
The Rotunda 4012 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 Map
http://www.therotunda.org/about/
Price: Free Admission
Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 8:00pm

Curtis Hasselbring's The New Mellow Edwards

Curtis Hasselbring, trombone
Chris Speed, tenor saxophone + clarinet
Trevor Dunn, double-bass
Ches Smith, drums

"Curtis Hasselbring's New Mellow Edwards is a group that was originally formed in 1988. Known back then as the Mellow Edwards, the trio of trombone, electric guitar and drums explored a unique combination of free jazz and heavy rock that was very unique for it's time. Continuing through the 90s as a sextet with a similar musical onus, Hasselbring reformed the group as an acoustic quartet in 2002 and has made the New Mellow Edwards the focal point of his composing and band-leading.

Curtis's compositions and the New Mellow Edwards' playing defies traditional jazz conventions and favors primal garage rock-derived grooves, textural explorations and classicaly-influenced structures. The repertiore of the group can be humerous, dark, accessible and exciting, often simultaneously.

The New Mellow Edwards' self-titled debut album made many top ten lists for 2006, included the #2 spot in the Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll for best debut and several critics' lists in All About Jazz NYC. Curtis's tweaked version of a modern instrumental supergroup features strong performances from three of New York's most innovative musicians: Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Electric Masada, Melvins), Ches Smith (Mark Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Xiu Xiu, Good for Cows) and Chris Speed (Human Feel, Bloodcount, Pachora) - ably led by the beautifully unorthodox and virtuostic trombonist.

Early 2009 brings a new New Mellow Edwards recording, ""Big Choantza"" (Skirl 10), which will feature 10 Hasselbring originals as well as a cover of the Sonic Youth classic, ""Youth Against Fascism"".

In addition to NME, Hasselbring currently leads Decoupage (with Mary Halvorson and Matt Moran) and the Curha-chestra, as well as co-leads the DaHa Orchestra with Andrew D'Angelo. He appears on dozens of recordings with such notable acts as Medeski, Martin & Wood, Satoko Fujii, Slavic Soul Party, Mr. Dorgon, Bobby Previte, Either/Orchestra and Beat Circus. He has performed internationally with many of the above-mentioned groups in addition to projects led by Josh Roseman, Anthony Coleman and Dave Douglas. Curtis appears on over 60 recordings including his first release as a leader with the New Mellow Edwards on Skirl Records."

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