As part of Record Store Day 2014, Peter Zummo's Lateral Pass album will be released by new London independent label Foom.
Zummo's Lateral Pass suite continues on stylistically from where Zummo With With An X (reissued by Optimo Music in 2012) left off, with 4 unique and arresting movements - “Sci-Fi,” “Slow Heart”, “Song VI” and the original, quintet version of one of the most acclaimed of Peter Zummo and Arthur Russell's collaborations - “Song IV”.
Originally written as the score for the Trisha Brown Dance Company production of the same name, Lateral Pass prominently features Arthur Russell on amplified cello and vocals, as well as regular Arthur Russell collaborators - Bill Ruyle (on tabla and marimba) and Mustafa Ahmed (on marimba and percussion), alongside the acclaimed accordionist Guy Kluvecsek (collaborator of John Zorn, Alvin Lucier) and of course, Peter Zummo himself on trombone.
Peter Zummo is best known for his work with John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, Peter Gordon & Love Of Life Orchestra and of course, Arthur Russell. Zummo's signature trombone style, renowned for it's rich and soothing tone, has become one of the most beloved features of Russell's celebrated sound. As well as being close friends, their musical symbiosis was so complimentary that they almost seemed to form a single entity at times – to the point where it would be hard to imagine one's music with the other. Lateral Pass provides another example of the fruits of this tragically ephemeral relationship, as well as a further insight into Arthur Russell's cello-dominated World Of Echo period, which resulted in arguably his greatest work.
Recorded live at Battery Sound, NYC in 1985, Lateral Pass was mastered in Brooklyn by Paul Gold from the original ¼” tapes in the summer of 2013, exclusively using analog equipment (in the case of the vinyl version) and foregoing compression in order to preserve the dynamics of the recording.
In contrast to the alternate version of Lateral Pass released by New World as part of a CD only release in 2006., these arrangements are unheard and exclusive to Foom. We are proud to present Lateral Pass on vinyl for the first time, accompanied by US artist Nancy Graves' original artwork from the original shows.
Release Date: 180g vinyl from 19th of April 2014. Various digital formats from the 26th of April 2014.
Peter Zummo is an American composer and musician, based in New York City. He plays the trombone, valve trombone, euphonium, and also sings. He is an important exponent of the American contemporary classical tradition whose compositions explore the methodologies of numerous forms and styles. He describes his music as “minimalism plus a whole lot more”.
Peter Zummo recently collaborated with Maximillion Dunbar on his Woo Daps release on RVNG Intl. and is currently performing with Billy Ficca (of Television) and Ernie Brooks (ex-Modern Lovers) under the name "Bear 54".
Published: 27th March 2014