A Tenacious Slew

by George Cartwright

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Recorded at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.


released October 1, 2007

George Cartwright - saxophones, composer, sounds
Anne Elias - poetry and live video performance (not included)
Adam Linz - bass
Alden Ikeda - drums
JT Bates - drums
Chris Parker – yellow fever keyboard and piano
Christina Baldwin - voice (prerecorded)

Troy Zaushny- video assistance

Produced by George Cartwright
Executive Producer –Chris Campbell

Recorded live at The Walker Art Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota by Stefan Kren and
Mastered at his Benevox Studio, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cover Design George Cartwright
Images by Anne Elias from her film visuals of the show

Special thanks to Phillip Bither and his fab crew at the Walker

Innova Director: Philip Blackburn
Operations Manager: Chris Campbell



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George Cartwright St Paul, Minnesota

George Cartwright grew up on rock-n-roll and fell in love with jazz after hearing Charles Lloyd's iconic Forest Flower. He loves The Fugs and Eric Dolphy equally.
The Band and Captain Beefhart make him quiver.
Charlie Parker gives him chills still.He wishes he had said "Music is like rain. Except music falls up." but his pal Davey Williams said that. Also Curlew GloryLand Pony Cat Merciless Ghost
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Track Name: After All These Years/So Ahab
After all these years to take to drowning
in bed, sweet sewery dreams, television
theme songs.
The fingers lock up, in unwanted positions,
need to be willed, awaiting with terror,
little bits of cardboard, pieces of
something with color, pulled towards an
element, where and when it doesn’t happen,
ultimately doesn’t happen.
Surrogate travel, simulating movement
Track Name: Indifferent This Fire In the Air/The Stupendous Fabric
Indifferent this fire in the air,
a moth, a spider…

It is round, it is this that approximates
relationships, undulating hostility.

In the place where the pages are parted,
suspended the laundry is hung, the time
sorted through, red brick to cinder.

Colors accumulate on the backs pressed in
isolation, embossed with uncertain lines.

In the hiss of heated air, pollen and
Insects rise with the movement of a
dividing hand.

It’s all beyond life size.
Track Name: Radio News/ARM for Ann Rupel
Radio news coming thru the walls
Beach house light and bed spreads
trailing boats.

The wind in the sugar cane hovering
dark dragon flies, speckled bird fields,

In black and dirt, in black and dirt.
Track Name: Notice Now
Notice now.
It becomes evident, wet close to the
sound of the gravel, ink on the skin,
black and suspect water on metal.

Iron on the tongue

It becomes evident, in siphoning the
sound for the need, its there in the
palm against the creases forming

catching anything in air
Track Name: Peeps
Skin blistering, little chick
marshmallows, covered in yellow sugar,
little yellow marshmallow peeps.

Brings the mail up, the one flight
It yellows and falls to the floor
There’s rattling and buzzing I don’t

Notice now.