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The Complete Night: Live at the Stone NYC

by The MacroQuarktet

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    2CD double disc of The MacroQuarktet - The Complete Night: Live at the Stone NYC (OOYH 006) Volumes One + Two, featuring a full inside spread of original artwork (CD only) by TJ Huff (

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Dave Ballou - trumpet
Herb Robertson - trumpet
Drew Gress - bass
Tom Rainey - drums

To those familiar with the NYC downtown music scene of the 80s and 90s, trumpeters Herb Robertson and Dave Ballou need no introduction. Having collaborated with the likes of Tim Berne, John Zorn, Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Dewey Redman, and countless others, both were at the center of what was one of the most formative eras for experimental and improvised music to date. In performance, the most common meeting place for trumpet players is within the section of a big band or large ensemble, and together Robertson and Ballou have performed in the Satoko Fuji Orchestra and Orange Then Blue. However, after the recording session for Satoko Fuji’s Undulation Herb and Dave identified it as essential to play together in a smaller format. In a quartet (with the addition of Drew Gress on bass and Tom Rainey on drums) each of their unique approaches to both improvisation and the trumpet would be the central focus, and highlighted in a way not possible in a large ensemble. Thus ​The MacroQuarktet​ (a portmanteau combining both the whole view as well as the detailed) was formed. ​The Complete Night​: Live at The Stone NYC documents their first performance from June 30, 2007, available here in its entirety for the first time ever.


released May 1, 2020

Recorded live at the Stone NYC on June 30, 2007 by Jon Rosenberg.
Remixed and remastered by Jon Rosenberg February 2019.
Artwork, layout, and design by TJ Huff (
Volume One is a reissue of the album titled Each Part Whole, originally released on Ruby Flower in 2009.
Volume Two is the second set from the night, and the recording is being presented here for the first time.
Both CDs present long improvisations and have been given index markers placed at musically appropriate points. They are presented here as one continuous album, but Volume One ends with the track Basal D. Ganglia (track 10) and Volume Two begins with Crossing the Threshold (track 11).

OOYH 006


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Dave Ballou Baltimore, Maryland

Trumpeter/Composer Dave Ballou can be heard in a variety of settings; from solo trumpet improvisations to large ensembles performing notated compositions. His recordings as a leader can be found on the Steeplechase, CleanFeed and pfMentum record labels. Ballou is Professor of Music at Towson University in Towson, MD where he is the leader of the Jazz/Commercial Music program. ... more

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