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Dominic Duval

Dominic Duval

In the mid ’80s, bassist Dominic Duval bailed on the jazz scene. There followed a lengthy period where his main gigs were in construction and window washing rather than music. He bought a house on Long Island, raised a family (five kids, includingtriplets) and “lived like a normal person.” But he never quit playing his bass, if only forhisown enjoyment at home.

Suddenly, a decade later, Duval is a ubiquitous figure on the avant garde scene by virtue of his celebrated gig (since 1996) with Cecil Taylor and his many collaborations with a host of wide-open artists like saxophonists Mark Whitecage , Joe McPhee, Marshall Allen, Elliott Levin, and Bob Ackerman, trombonist Steve Swell, trumpeter Herb Robertson, and pianist Joseph Scianni. He also leads his own highly charged improvising quartet featuring violinist Jason Hwang, cellist Tomas Ulrich and reedman Whitecage (check out their State of the Art on CIMP).

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