Wayne Horvitz (piano)
Timothy Young (electric guitar)
Keith Lowe (accoustic bass)
Andy Roth (drums)
When Wayne Horvitz's first Songlines CD, American Bandstand, came out in February 2000 it was his first piano record as a leader in 13 years. Its success with critics and the public led to touring and a second set of tunes for this version of Zony Mash (which has become known as Zony Mash Acoustic). The music can be as intense as Zony Mash electric, but more often it expresses the reflective side of Wayne's temperament: bittersweet, melodically distinctive chamber jazz, an evocative combination of swing, bop, blues, west coast cool, and the occasional edge of free jazz, with echoes of French impressionism and other classical piano music and popular music of the 50s and 60s. Recorded in January 2001 in analogue and mixed to DSD (Direct Stream Digital), Sweeter Than the Day is Songlines' first multichannel hybrid Super Audio CD; it can be played in all CD players, and in SACD players for the added realism of 2-channel or (particularly seductive) 5-channel high definition sound. (Please note: 1) Songlines is simultaneously releasing the Misha Mengelberg Quartet's Four in One featuring Dave Douglas, recorded direct to two-channel DSD, as a hybrid SACD. 2) Because of legal action from Dick Clark, American Bandstand had to be withdrawn and is now being re-issued as Forever.)
New York born, Seattle-based Wayne Horvitz is one of the more prolific and celebrated composers and keyboardists of the last twenty years. Leader of Zony Mash, Pigpen, and the 4+1 Ensemble, and co-leader of the New York Composers Orchestra and Ponga, he has been a frequent collaborator of John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Butch Morris, Bobby Previte, and his wife Robin Holcomb, among many other practitioners of the new music that has roots in jazz and improvisation but is limited to neither. He also composes for film, TV, dance and theater. His CDs are on Knitting Factory Records, Intuition, Avant, Elektra Nonesuch, and other labels.