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Dominic Duval

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b. USA. Active on the New York free jazz scene since the 60s, bass player Duval swiftly established a high reputation among his peers. In the late 90s, owing to several well-received albums, his name had become much better known to international audiences.

Notably, he has worked with Cecil Taylor and Joe McPhee. Other collaborations include pianist Matthew Goodheart, Mark Whitecage and Adam Makowicz; drummers John Heward and Jay Rosen, the latter being a particular favorite collaborator of Duval’s; saxophonists Ivo Perelman , Glenn Spearman, Jimmy Haleperin and James Finn; violinist Jason Hwang and the Amici String Quartet. He performed with the semi-classical group, the Manhattan Improvisers Chamber Ensemble, which included Rosen, Dom Minasi (guitar), Eleanor Amlin (vocals), John Gunther (reeds) and Rod Thomas (violin).

Immensely talented and possessing a formidable technique, Duval has also recorded solo bass albums, Songs for Krakow (nottwo) Nightbird Inventions (cadence) and Anniversary (c.i.m.p.). His bands include the C.T. String Quartet (named for Taylor), the Equinox Trio, an experimental improvisatory group in which he is joined by Jason Hwang, (violin) Ron Lawrence (viola) and Tomas Ulrich (cello).

Duval is particularly striking in his numerous appearances in duos, with, for example, Joe Mcphee, Jason Kao Hwang and Matthew Goodheart. For some of his work, Duval draws upon concepts outside music. Under The Pyramid is a tribute to the people of Mexico. Mr.Duval has also expressed his solidarity with Native Americans through his most recent endeavor.

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