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Happy Apple - New York
New York
Artist: Happy Apple
Format: CD

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Label: SUNNYSIDE
Rel. Date: 08/30/2024
UPC: 016728175128

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DISC: 1

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2. Vermilion Nocturne
3. Black and Blue Magic
4. 1976 Aquatennial Parade
5. Turquoise Jewelry
6. Antonym Requiem
7. Computer Aided Drafting
8. Vanity Plate
9. White Belt Rock
10. The Broad Side of the Silent Barn

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For over 25 years, the Minneapolis based collective, Happy Apple, has delivered it's own enigmatic vision of jazz and improvised music to an adoring cognoscenti of listeners. Though they've found favor from the jazz community at large, the trio of saxophonist Michael Lewis, bassist Erik Fratzke, and drummer Dave King remains a band of outsiders, three independent personalities with eclectic tastes and styles providing music with an obtuse Midwestern charm. Mostly known for their electric live performances, Happy Apple has been a hard beast to capture on record. Though they recorded frequently in the early 2000s, the members admit that much they recorded never truly captured their "real" band sound. So, when Happy Apple decided to record after a long hiatus, they decided to get it right. "New York CD" is the recording that the band agrees finally captures the essence of Happy Apple.Happy Apple came together during the mid-1990s as an outlet for Lewis, Fratzke, and King's experiments with improvisation and composition. The group amassed a book of nearly 150 pieces, most of which were never recorded. During the early 2000s, the group found themselves in position to document their music. The typical challenges of recording led to strong, respected albums but albums that the group never truly felt captured their spirit. Nearly a decade after their last studio effort, Happy Apple Back on Top (Sunnyside, 2008), Happy Apple ramped up their activity with increased performances while members were available. Each band member leads a busy musical life: King has been a member of many well-known bands, most notably with the Bad Plus and Halloween, Alaska; Lewis's time has been mainly spent in Bon Iver's touring band; and Fratzke was a member of prog band Zebulon Pike. The increase of Happy Apple performances led the band back to the studio to capture their reignited energy.The music from "New York CD" comes from two recording sessions a few years apart. The initial return to the studio was held at Justin Vernon of Bon Iver's April Base Recording Studio in Wisconsin. The group later returned to their regular recording studio, The Terrarium in Minneapolis, to complete the album. The music they recorded included pieces that had been regular parts of their sets for 20 years along with brand new compositions, written especially for the recording sessions. Most of the pieces were done in first takes and without overdubs.