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After the End of the World Coretet
13

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Artists
Annelise Zamula - tenor sax, flute
Jon Birdsong - trumpet
Dave Mihaly - drumset
Bill Noertker - fretless electric bass
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Tunes
1) Rugae (Noertker)
2) SMC (Mihaly)
3) Hop, Skip, Jump (Zamula)
4) Fuchsia (Birdsong)
5) Holy Moly (Noertker)
6) Forsythia (Mihaly)
7) My Navajo Grandmother (AEWC)
8) Confidential (Mihaly)
9) Brooks (Noertker)
10) Chartreuse (Birdsong)
11) Malam (Noertker)
12) Lepidopterology (Zamula)
13) Vajrasattva (Noertker)

What is acid jazz anyway? This is the organic version...peyote jazz. If you need a soundtrack for your journey to the forgotten fringes of your mind, look no further. Recorded at San Francisco's infamous Crib Studios by Lemon DeGeorge (of Genghis Blues fame), the AEWC's third recording, "13", is the aural equivalent of Castaneda's meetings with the Yaqui doctor. From the clarion call of "Rugae," to the quirky swing of "Hop, Skip, Jump," from the mysterious sound sculpture of "Forsythia," to the deep groove of "Chartreuse" and the mystical chant of "My Navajo Grandmother," this is what psychedelic jazz is really all about.

The After the End of the World Coretet has been a mainstay of San Francisco's underground jazz scene since 1989. All Coretet members are accomplished composers as well as versatile improvisers.


CD Reviews


from
SF Bay Guardian
review by John Shiurba

Are you a jazz fan caught between warring sides, bored with neoconservative dribble, but not ready for the difficult listening of the most avant-garde explorations? Then AEWC is for you. On their second CD the local group manages to keep the sound accessible while charting unusual terrain on tunes such as "Holy Moly" and "Lepidopterology." Drummer Dave Mihaly's deep swing holds things together, while trumpeter John Birdsong and saxophonist Annelise Zamula spice things up with adventurous, but always lyrical solos. Whether or not you're waiting for the end of the world, at least you'll know the soundtrack is good.



from
Express
review by Lee Hildebrand

Trumpeter Jon Birdsong, tenor saxophonist-flutist Annelise Zamula, electric bassist Bill Noertker, and drummer Dave Mihaly— collectively known as the After the End of the World Coretet—create a remarkable cohesion of composition and improvisation on the thirteen original tunes on "13," their recently issued sophomore CD. The San Francisco quartet, whose open-ended music owes much to that of the early Ornette Coleman Quartet, makes infrequent appearances, which makes this record release at Yoshi's a special treat.



from
SF Weekly
review by review by Silke Tudor

Even at their most eccentric, the Coretet's working rapport after six years is evident. There is a symbiotic relationship among the players, one which allows their psychedelic jazz—a sort of musical storytelling that denotes color and evokes trance—to take the audience to the fringes of jazz without quite falling of the edge.



from
Jazz In Flight
newsletter

This engagement heralds the second and newest release by the After the End of the World Coretet, "13," a startling imaginative series of stories about the infinite beauty of the world we live in. The CD finds the core trio joined by trumpter Jon Birdsong and the result is a joyous and tuneful mixture of structure and surprise. The group cites blues, folk, post-bop, and free jazz as their inspiration but calls their music "jazz without cobwebs." Yoshi's will be the place to be tonight if your spirit needs refreshing to face the millenium.



from
Yoshi's
calendar

They make a good case for the abolishment of musical categories. From Ellington to Ornette, Gamelan to Guthrie, Handel to Hendrix. Join these genre-moshers in a rare Bay Area performance.