Jaap Blonk Sandy Ewen Damon Smith Chris Cogburn ‎– North Of Blanco

Balance Point Acoustics ‎– bpa016
CD, Album, Limited Edition


1 Cueing The Nooks 9:06
2 Net Korgo 3:05
3 Winner Kult Song 7:48
4 Brewing Tools 20:59
5 Hebber Took Us In 9:06
6 On The Big Wulk 5:15

Companies, etc.



Recorded at Double Dog Studios, June 1, 2013 in Round Rock, Texas.
Liner notes by PascAli: Pascal Niggenkemper & Sean Ali
Photo: Sandy, Belle, Damon, Jaap, Chris.

Edition of 250 copies.

Liner Notes:
"Immerse in the magnetic world of this dangerously dreaming entity. Its bass body opens widely, through its depths we travel into magic spheres. Clouds turn to stone, lummeting upward, waywardly. Crisp kisses that peel layers off memory and climb higher Into being. A transformation takes place: The bass breathes, sings, snarls, murmurs, hisses, vibrantly bends and stretches.

Thrash the urge that would knock twice before scuttling off into darkness, black as pitch, and fathomless as the heart. Mystical sounds are brought to us. We listen, dream, follow: Stones fade to clouds. Downward ascension that puckers lips...but is left waiting. Nestle the urge that knocks only once after marching out of the light. A heart counts in beats... and knows no fathoms.  Awaken to new sense. We are propulsed into a new era."
-PascAli, New York City, December 10th, 2013

Incidental notes:
"I first worked with Jaap Blonk in 1998 in Palermo, Sicily, in a quartet with the great alto player Gianni Gebbia. It was my first time overseas and my first European festival. In the last few years we have been able to work together again in Houston, TX. This music was recorded on short tour with two of the most important improvisors in Texas.
When I started this label in 2001. I decided to use writings by bass players for the liner notes, based on an idea by William Parker (who wrote notes for BPA 015).
In this case, my playing at this session was very directly influenced by the extreme prepared bass ideas documented on PascAli's incredible double bass duo album, Suspicious Activity. So it was fortunate that they wrote my first set of notes from a bass duo. The quartet would like to thank Neal D. Retke & Real Ale Brewery in Blanco, Texas."
Damon Smith, December 2013