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Selenographia is a fancy term for the mapping of the moon’s topography. It’s also an apposite analogy for the creative interplay of Hanson and Roessler in this context. Theirs is an intimate vocabulary of musical markers that reflects longstanding artistic and geographical confluence. The lunar imagery in the album’s titles is no casual assignation either as it matches landmarks on the celestial satellite’s surface with the panoply of thoughts and moods threaded through the music. “Tranquility”, “Solitude”, “Trust” and “Fear”, all have their aural analogues in the architectures of sound.

Both players deal adroitly in the sort of extended techniques that are de rigueur on this sort of date. Where they differ is in the consistency with which they personalize said methods of expression. Roessler’s arco dexterity is frequently mesmerizing in celerity and precision, but his creations never feel bruising or bombastic. Even when he’s bouncing his bow off strings to conjure fibrillating rhythmic patterns of hummingbird speed as on “Lake of Forgetfulness” the results avoid sounding obvious or overwrought. Hanson commands the full range of his straight horn peeling off velvety purrs on the melody-rich “La Lune Est Morte” or turning to piquant nasalized repetitions on “Marsh of Sleep” and “Seething Bay” sure to make the ghost of Lacy grin.

Passages of comparatively calming beauty vie with others of bracing intensity and the pair manage to construct something that seems increasingly rarified in these days of morsel-sized digital musical consumption- a collection of pieces that lucidly communicates a satisfying and edifying beginning, middle and end. In other words, an album, and one that expertly embodies an enduring partnership of kindred musical souls.

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released 20 April 2012

Nathan Hanson
Soprano Saxophone

Brian Roessler
Double Bass


Recorded & Mixed by
Brian Roessler

Mastered by
Alex Oana

Track Selection & Sequence by
Jean Rochard (courtesy of disques nato)

Design & Printing by
Cork Leg Nelson

Executive Producers
Karen & Ron Roessler
Kari & Bernie Dusich

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Nathan Hanson & Brian Roessler St Paul, Minnesota

Nathan Hanson and Brian Roessler have been musical partners for more than sixteen years. In that time they have developed a unique musical sympathy and symbiosis. As a duo they create music that is at turns lyrical, bombastic, and ethereally expansive - accessible to the curious, while being challenging to the performers and listeners. ... more

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