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Farcical Built For Six

by The Respect Sextet

The outrageous and eclectic follow-up to the acclaimed Sun Ra and Stockhausen tribute, Sirius Respect, Farcical welds together deep, odd grooves, wry and playful jazz ditties, thoughtful solos, and spacious improvisations into one awesome ride.
Genre: Jazz: Avant-Garde Jazz
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2. Tony I
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3. Displaced
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4. Farcical Built For Six
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6. The Hinske Plow
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The Respect Sextet follows up their Sun Ra/Stockhausen mash-up disc with their first original studio recording since their 2003 debut. No doubt about it, this is vintage Respect Sextet--sure to leave a smile on your face and a furrow on your brow...at the same time!

"Exciting” —THE NEW YORKER
“LOVE IT” —NEWSWEEK
“A dynamic collective” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A brash, buoyant combo” —TIME OUT NEW YORK
“A group that has created one of the most compelling recordings of the year….[Respect] plays with a stellar blend of precision and humor.” —THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“[Respect] challenges and instigates. It delightfully confounds. This is world-class American jazz at its finest and freest. It’s pure truth. Respect the truth.” —CITY NEWSPAPER
“Nothing is good, I see, without Respect. Methinks it sounds much sweeter than by day!” —William Shakespeare, MERCHANT OF VENICE

FORMED IN 2001, The Respect Sextet is a powerhouse ensemble dedicated to performing a wide variety of improvisational musics. Relying on their explosive energy, rare telepathy, outstanding musicianship, and a deep friendship, Respect pieces together free improvisations, original compositions, free jazz classics, television commercial jingles, text pieces, jazz standards, game pieces and more into “a whirling collage,” shouts Exclaim! Magazine, “that ransacks and reshapes the entire jazz tradition, from New Orleans march to Misha Mengelberg, Sun Ra to Charlie Parker.” Named “one of the best and most ambitious new ensembles in jazz” by Signal to Noise, The Respect Sextet continues—after nearly a decade as a collective—to fearlessly push the envelope.

Respect’s 2009 release, Sirius Respect: The Respect Sextet play the music of Sun Ra & Stockhausen, (Mode/Avant), was called “one of the most compelling recordings of the year” by the Wall Street Journal and filed under “Love It” in Newsweek Magazine (“an out-of-this-world pairing”). Sirius Respect brings together the music of Sun Ra and Karlheinz Stockhausen and views them through Respect-colored glasses. Pieces ranging from Stockhausen’s “Tierkreis” (inspired by the Zodiac) to Sun Ra’s “Saturn” are juxtaposed, layered, deconstructed and re-assembled. respectbiosmall1“It’s neither jazz nor classical,” says John Schaefer of WNYC’s Soundcheck, “but something cosmically both.”

The group comprises Eli Asher (trumpet, toys), James Hirschfeld (trombone, jamespectronics, toys), Malcolm Kirby (bass), Ted Poor (drums), Josh Rutner (reeds, radio, toys), and Red Wierenga (piano, keyboard, accordion, redspectronics).

Through its eclecticism, humor, devotion to improvisation, predilection towards swing, and its use of toys and “little instruments,” The Respect Sextet has drawn comparisons both to New Dutch Swing and the AACM. Many dialectics are at work (and play) in Respect’s world, in which the serious, heady, and intellectual mingle with the light, comic, and absurd, where compositions alternate and mesh with improvisations, and where tight ensemble work coexists with loose, empathic interplay.


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Earning high praise from Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and countless other publications of note, The Respect Sextet is truly one of the most adventurous, fun, perplexing, and authentic ensembles working today. On their first album of original compositions in 7 years (they released an ambitious "tribute" album to Sun Ra and Stockhausen in between then and now), they've made great leaps in terms of composition, imporovisation, dialog, and, most importantly, their ability to touch the absurd without turning their playful games into a senseless joke. In fact, The Respect Sextet's music is held together by the curious sinews that connect their seriousness of purpose with their willing silliness. This album delivers up a mixture of pleasure and puzzlement. Hop on board the Farcical Built for Six! It's a sophisticated ride without any of the snobby aftertaste.