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Bio taken from Ellipsis' website:
Rich Woodson is a self-taught composer based in Brooklyn, New York. He was born in Lompolc, CA to jazz musician parents. He has lived in Nashville, TN, San Antonio and Austin, TX, San Francisco and Oakland CA, among other locales. As a youngster, he was influenced by hard rock and speed metal. He later became interested in avant-garde jazz and post war classical composition. His first CD, Control And Resistance, was released to excellent reviews on Cuneiform Records in 2000. He has resided in NYC since 1992.

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In 2005 Ellipsis released the album, The Nail That Stands Up Gets Pounded Down, continuing the style shown in the first release and going even further with the exploration of this medium.

The music of Rich Woodson will appeal to people who like extreme, copmlex and chaotic math/avant-rock.

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3.50 | 4 ratings
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4.82 | 2 ratings
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4.82 | 2 ratings

The Nail That Stands Up Gets Pounded Down
Rich Woodson's Ellipsis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by avalanchemaster

5 stars imagine the stylings of John Zorn, (Spy Vs. Spy) only far more dissonant!

what we have here is one Rich Woodson on guitar with a wind ensemble, bassist and drummer playing extremely frenetic, manic, complex numbers that never fail to impress. The compositions have a feeling of being improvised but are most certainly composed (as they are far too complex to be otherwise). There is some really tasteful harmony and even some dissonance on display in this music. Keep in mind that Rich Woodson grew up listening to complex and technical thrash metal; that is the reason he named the previous album control and resistance as an homage to technical thrash band Watchtower! But do not worry, this is not metal by any stretch, it merely shares similar characteristics, such as jarring and complicated rhythms and nuances that will make you perk up for sure. The compositions share a lot with conemporary classical and are multi-layered- often they have many parts going at once. If you are not used to complicated music of this nature, it can be tiring to listen to. I think a little bit of Ornette Coleman styled jazz is thrown in for good measure too. This stuff is insane!

Highly recommended! a favorite on Cuneiform records.

Thanks to avestin for the artist addition.

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