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ARTIST
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Coptic Dub
FORMAT
CD

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NON 027CD NON 027CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/10/2009

This is the second full-length album from The Embassadors, an international music collective formed by reed player/producer/collaborator, Hayden Chisholm. The artist himself elaborates on the creation of Coptic Dub this way: "...the instrumental sounds and mixing processes on this album have undergone so many levels of refinement they can easily defend themselves without the justification of the creators ... I believe the discussion of timbre and its degree of refinement, be it acoustic or electronic, is the only semi-objective criteria when it comes to judging music. How do I define refinement? I would say the gradual and careful removal of impurities. Mixed in with this, and complicating the process even more, is an aspect which has always been a part of my creations: the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi which views certain impurities, especially those occurring in nature, as beautiful. A good example of this is the saxophone sound itself with its strong air component when listened to or recorded up close. This aesthetic element is crucial in setting such works from the digital polishing applied in regular high end pop or even jazz productions. Burnt Friedman's style of applying dubs and effects is another way of breathing more life into the sounds. What is happening here is a complex layering upon layering within which the listener can find countless points of reference to navigate her way through the works. None of the sound sources are processed for the sake of it and there are deep metaphysical truths behind a simple space echo in the way our hallowed master "time" is played with and re-evoked. Sometimes it will approach the feeling of listening to music while in a dream, when individual elements are blurred in the passage of time which is no longer a simple arrow moving forward but rather an evolving and pliable cloud, inextricably linked to the perceiver." The follow-up to the acclaimed Healing The Music debut, Coptic Dub is pure lightness of deftly-executed jazz and dub, curling and twining in on itself in new forms and structures. Chisholm's tenor sax, Hammond organ, and steel drums are supported by Jochen Rueckert (drums) and Matt Penman (bass).