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Jessica 09:11
You St. 09:12
Plain Folk 15:35
Nana 08:13
Michelle 08:25
Paradiso 13:00


This CD features my "chordless" quintet, recorded live at DC's fabled State Of The Union club. The quintet was an expansion of the trio that hosted Monday night jam sessions there at the time, with the horn line augmented by the wonderfully lyrical Rob Holmes on tenor sax and bass clarinet, and ex-Airmen of Note lead trombonist Rick Lillard. Aaron Clay holds down most of the bass duties, contributing a remarkable unaccompanied solo on "Plain Folk," while the great Leland Nakamura drives it all home. Bassist Steve Zerlin and drummer Francis Thompson sit in on the cool-inflected "Nana," and Zerlin also provides the edgy pulse of the title cut. The tunes on this date are expansive, with a mix of dense arranging and free blowing. "Paradiso" has shades of Mingus and "Michelle" is a Coltrane-inspired take on the Beatles classic. Originally released in 1996, You St. was the inaugural release of Union Records, dubbed "Washington's coolest little label" by the Washington Post.


released December 9, 1996

Peter Fraize- tenor and soprano saxophone
Rob Holmes- tenor saxophone and bass clarinet
Rick Lillard- trombone
Aaron Clay- bass (tracks 1,3,5,6)
Steve Zerlin- bass (tracks 2,4)
Leland Nakamura- drums (tracks 1,2,3,5,6)
Francis Thompson- drums (track 4)

Recorded live on 6/24/96 at State of the Union, Washington, DC
Engineered by Doug Derryberry and John Alagia,
assisted by John Penovich
Mixed by Doug Derryberry and PF at Rutabaga Studios, Arlington, VA
Mastered by Bill Wolf at Wolf Productions, Annandale, VA
Produced by Peter Fraize

Cover by Rusty Dyer
Photo by April Sauerwine


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Peter Fraize Washington, D.C.

Peter Fraize is a saxophonist and composer from Washington, D.C. As a bandleader, his projects have been diverse: the jazz- fusion band Stickman, "chordless" quintet and trio, and his current Hammond organ-driven group. He has also collaborated with avant-garde trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini, and is a member of the free improvising trio Pierce, Putter and Rumble (sax, piano, electronics). ... more

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