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Argle​-​Bargle or Foofaraw

by The Equity & Social Justice Quartet

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Duos for Ben 09:00
Foofaraw 05:07
Argle-Bargle 06:15


This project was created to raise awareness and funds for Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) is a statewide, membership-based coalition of immigrant, faith, labor, youth, community, business and ally organizations founded in 2002 to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees by making Colorado a more welcoming, immigrant-friendly state.

About the Music:
Duos for Ben allowed for intimate dialogues between band members— Glenn/Paul (altos), Paul/Jay, Jay/Markus, Markus/Glenn and ending where it began. This song is dedicated to Ben Van Horne who passed before the mixing of the recording he so beautifully tracked.

Argle-Bargle (Glenn: alto & Paul: soprano) and Foofaraw (Glenn & Paul: alto) are tunes that allowed the group to open up. Inspired by a Simpson's episode, I used these two outmoded British terms to comment on the frivolity of things we often value in deference to those things that really matter.

There is an Egg (Glenn: soprano & Paul: alto) is a tune from Bay Area bassist Bill Noertker that I first played with Rent Romus' band Life's Blood. I loved it for its mood and manner and thought it fit well with what was in my head when I envisioned this project. I simply wrote Which Came First? (Glenn & Paul: alto) as a response. It was a way of saying thank you to Bill for his art but also to the tradition of call and response in American roots music.

The Shout of Hurricanes (Glenn: soprano & Paul: tenor) with The Whisper of Flowers, is the second part of a quote from bassist William Parker that I feel really captures the essence of the musical experience. It's sort of a romp but really allowed each musician to develop new colors and shapes in the ensemble.


released June 5, 2018

Glenn Nitta & Paul Riola, saxophones
Markus Hunt, double bass
Jay Ellis, drums

Special thanks to Juan Gallegos, Colin Bricker, Ben Van Horne and Creative Music Works.
All songs by Markus Hunt except Track 3 by Bill Noertker.
Recorded February 25, 2018 at Mighty Fine Productions, Denver, CO.


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Edgetone Records is place for new music crossing the genre boundaries. Founded by musician/producer, Rent Romus, the label took shape in 1991. After being on a long hiatus Rent re-opened Edgetone in January 2000 and expanded it to support D.I.Y. (do it yourself) artists looking for a ground base and community label identity. ... more

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