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(Curlew The Memphis Years is the second solo release by composer/saxophonist George Cartwright, best known as the leader of Curlew. The Memphis Years pays tribute to Cartwright’s five-year involvement in Memphis' well known music scene, and features some of that city’s best musicians. Cartwright returns to the collaboration he first employed on Curlew's A Beautiful Western Saddle with noted lyricist Paul Haines and vocalist Amy Denio. Curlew guitarist Davey Williams also appears. The result is a blending of strictly composed songs sung by Denio and composed and semi-improvisational jazz-oriented instrumentals that might be comparable to the certain aspects of the ESP label sound updated. Cartwright fuses these seemingly disparate styles into an eloquently coherent musical experience.e Cartwright ) , Roaratorio and Innova .Meet the Curlews features long-time members Cartwright and guitarist Davey Williams as well as new members bassist Fred Chalenor (Hughscore), drummer Bruce Golden and pianist Chris Parker, whose contributions swing the genre-busting band more firmly into the realm of jazz. The eighth brilliant album by the band that The Wire called "…one hell of a group", and who Option referred to as "…the best and most obstinately commited band to emerge from New York's Knitting Factory based alternative music scene."
FABULOUS DROP
RUNE 105

Fabulous Drop is the seventh album from this all star downtown band. This fantastic, extremely high-energy release features leader/saxist George Cartwright, the great dual guitar team of Davey Williams & Chris Cochrane, bassist Ann Rupel & drummer Kenny Wollesen. Great tunes, great playing & a unique sensibility - George mines a unique, truly Southern avant esthetic unlike anything else in new music.
"…one hell of a group…"-The Wire.
"This is seriously good music & the performances are deceptively tight…if you're looking for something with 1st rate musical standards, smart performances, brilliant sonic surprises & nutritious brain food, grab it."-Memphis Commercial Appeal.
PARADISE
RUNE 80

Paradise changes the format to sax, dual guitarists , bassist Ann Rupel and drummer Samm Bennett.
"Curlew's new twin-guitar lineup has resulted in, perhaps, the most satisfying yet of recordings by this criminally unrecognized band ".-Henry Kaiser.
"Curlew is the best and most obstinately commited band to emerge from N.Y.'s Knitting Factory-based alternative music scene…"-Option.
BEE
RUNE 27

Bee was the first by the classic lineup of George Cartwright, Tom Cora, Davey Williams, Ann Rupel & Pippin Barnett. This was the version of the band that would sell out the Knitting Factory night after night, and also toured all over the USA as well as Eastern and Western Europe.

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