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THAWING MAMMOTH is the second recording by the trio FRESH FROZEN - Achille Succi Alto saxophone, clarinet, and bass clarinet, Christopher Culpo Piano, and Glauco Benedetti Tuba.

The 17 compositions blend and move effortlessly between densely written, sparsely written, and freely improvised sections. There is a structural musical idea behind this recording. 9 titles composed by Succi or Culpo alternate with 8 collective pieces, and musical ideas circulate between the collective and written compositions. Sometimes a whisper of a melody in an improvisation will burst forth as a main theme in a later composition. Or a composition will be referenced in a later improvisation.

Every little phrase takes its shape within the musical dialogue. The effect creates a shared storytelling that largely avoids the melodic language and narrative associated with contemporary jazz.

Moods come and go, mix and mingle: manic, lyric, quixotic, comic, lethargic, majestic and giddy.

Time floats, patters, stutters, hesitates, dissolves, stops, pulses and screams ahead.

And before you know it, the Mammoth is Thawed.

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released December 12, 2017

Fresh Frozen Trio
Thawing Mammoth
recorded at Studio de la Seine, Paris, November 2013 by Khoi Huynh
Mixed by Ivan A. Rossi at 8brr.rec Studio, Milano
Released 2014 by El Gallo Rojo
Achille Succi clarinets and saxophones
Glauco Benedetti tuba
Christopher Culpo piano
Graphic Design by Massimiliano Sorrentini
Art by Anne Graaff

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Christopher Culpo Paris, France

Christopher Culpo is a performer/ composer who’s work lies at the confluence of contemporary music, jazz, and improvisation. He's written symphonic, opera, for dance and theatre,and has composed and improvised music for silent films.Recent releases include Thawing Mammoth with clarinetist-saxophonist Achille Succi, The Spectral Life of Things and Mimesis (2020) with saxophonist Catherine Sikora. ... more

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