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The Cat Of Sadness

by Blake / Irabagon / Laubrock

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Jorogumo 06:24
Organ Fall 05:39


Sopranos have a way of sticking together.

The story of this horn is not yet finished, and with The Cat of Sadness, Dan Blake, Jon Irabagon and Ingrid Laubrock enter into uncharted territory. Through their compositions and distinctive styles, the trio becomes an enigmatic “herd” that will chaperone listeners into the unknown. Blake’s “We’re There Yet” is an extended series of breaths and blurts that form an evolving minimalistic journey, while “Goodnight Cloud” dives into the lyrical side of the horn’s crunchy multiphonics. Laubrock’s “Jorogumo” explores this terrain further, revealing a delicate soundscape with the potential to disturb the peace, while her expansive “Organ Fall” provides a constantly shifting pad of layered chords that speak to the cosmos. Irabagon’s “Bread and Circuses” works with groove in a serious way without giving up a more nuanced textural exploration, while the title track “The Cat of Sadness” allows the horn to cry righteously and with a brash tenderness, as it is wont to do.


released September 4, 2020

Recorded on March 14, 2018 and mixed on January 17, 2019 at Princeton University Electronic Music Studios by Jeff Snyder

Mastered by Sam Pluta

Album Design by Eric Li

Dan Blake, Soprano Saxophone
Jon Irabagon, Soprano Saxophone
Ingrid Laubrock, Soprano Saxophone

Compositions by
Dan Blake, Dabla Music (ASCAP)
Jon Irabagon, F Magellan Music (ASCAP)
Ingrid Laubrock (PRS/MCPS)

Thank you to Jeff Snyder and Sandra Sprecher

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