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Relative Pitch Records RPR 1046 | Released April 8, 2016

Keir Neuringer - alto saxophone
Rafał Mazur - acoustic bass guitar

Composed in the moment on November 13, 2013 in Krakow, Poland
Recorded and mixed by Rafal Drewniany
Design by Keir Neuringer
Executive producers Kevin Reilly & Mike Panico

Diachronic Paths documents a highlight in the evolution of the 17-year collaboration between bassist Rafal Mazur and saxophonist Keir Neuringer. Subtitled “Transformation Discourses,” the disc showcases nearly 80 minutes of melodic invention, complementary and contrasting lines, extended phrasing, and idiosyncratic technique. Mazur and Neuringer, based respectively in Krakow and Philadelphia, first met in 1999, at a jam session in a cellar club in Krakow’s Old City. Now, they reunite once a year to perform, record, and participate in improvised music meetings in Central Europe. For the six tracks on this disc, as always, they eschew plans and schemes, committing themselves to total engagement with the compositional moment. Though the results speak for themselves, the Xun Yue epigraph inside the CD jacket speaks to the philosophy behind this recording: "What is contingent cannot be predicted; what is ever-changing cannot be foreseen.”

"...an inexhaustible supply of ideas" (4 stars) -Mike Corroto, All About Jazz

"...playful, fierce, and inventive" -John Morrison, Jazz Right Now