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by John Eyles
Recorded live in concert, in October 1993, at Museum Bochum, during the Ruhr Jazz Festival, this album is not a reissue but is being released for the first time, its wryly amusing title indicating that it has been declared fit for public consumption. In fact, the album's four tracks, being the only recordings of this Anglo-German quartet together, make a valuable snapshot of the four at an interesting stage of their careers. Guitarist John Russell and drummer Paul Lovens had ...read more
by John Sharpe
German reedman Stefan Keune has shown a strong affinity for British improv since making a connection with drummer Paul Lytton in 1990. Since then his discography records a number of dates with guitarist John Russell, including appearances at London's now dormant Freedom of the City festival. This limited edition LP, recorded at Russell's Mopomoso gathering at the Vortex in September 2013, suggests he's found a potent new outlet in the company of mainstays of two different generations of British improvisers ...read more
by Nic Jones
Improvised music is rife with precedents in these early years of the twenty-first century, both on record and otherwise. The one for the trio of saxophone, bass and drums was set under the leadership of Sonny Rollins over half a century ago and since then the line-up has been amply documented on record. Set against those precedents the music here covers an awful lot of ground, but in so doing perhaps loses a certain depth of identity.
Not that this ...read more