After several years spent rehearsing out in the Boston tundra, Great On Paper decided it was now or never—hence, this album.
At just under 40 minutes over six tracks, Great On Paper occupies the interstitial space between E.P. and album with characteristic millennial semicommittedness. Recorded in deluxe high-fidelity at Sear Sound in New York City, Great On Paper is a thrown kitchen sink, featuring original compositions by Sun, Willson & Wilson that variously negotiate Steve Coleman-inspired negative harmony (“Negative Bird”), open form improvising tinged by ’60s Sam Rivers and 21st c. Tim Berne (“Winnings,” “Slimy Toboggan”), and what Ethan Iverson calls “real modern jazz” in a straight-eighth, post-Kenny Wheeler vein—however you take that to mean (“Torsion”).
A spare, unembellished cover of a chorale by French ornithologist, organist, and synesthete Olivier Messiaen (“O Sacrum Convivium”) and an irreverent roasting and peeling of a Fragos-Baker-Gasparre chestnut (“I Hear a Rhapsody”) round out the album.
The sine qua non of today’s postmodern music is eclecticism: music for everybody and no one. Is this it?
released February 11, 2016
Recorded by Lim Wei at Sear Sound, New York, NY on March 7, 2015 - Mixed by Lim Wei - Mastered by Rishi Daftuar - Produced by Robin Baytas, Kevin Sun, Simón Willson, Isaac Wilson - Executive produced by Kevin Sun - Design and artwork by Diane Zhou - Liner notes by Ethan Iverson
Thanks to: All our parents, all our PayPal patrons, Ted, Ken, Lim, Miguel, Rio, Ethan, Diane, Addison, and Randy Toboggan.
Founded on the principles of equality, freedom of speech, and reckless exploration, Great On Paper is an improvised, four-
person party that goes into musical situations without an exit strategy, a typical jazz quartet configuration with a distinctly atypical bent towards the avant-garde and the folkloric, and taps into the jazz tradition without getting too ideological or self-conscious about it....more