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Maggie Nicols, Caroline Kraabel, Charlotte Hug.: On Dizziness

Read "On Dizziness" reviewed by John Eyles

Maggie Nicols, Caroline Kraabei and Charlotte Hug first came together as a trio in the autumn of 2000 when they played together in Nicols' front room. In May 2001 they came together again, playing a concert at the (now defunct) Freedom of the City festival in London's Conway Hall. At the same venue, on June 4th, 2001, they were recorded, without an audience, by Martin Davidson for his Emanem label. The resulting album, Transitions was released on the label in ...

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The Remote Viewers: This Strange Place

Read "This Strange Place" reviewed by John Eyles

South London group The Remote Viewers first came together as a three-sax unit in 1997 when it comprised Adrian Northover, David Petts and Louisa Petts, who all played saxophones, with both Petts playing synths, and Louisa singing. Their first album, Low Shapes in Dark Heat (Leo Lab, 1998) was studio-recorded by the Petts. Of its twelve tracks, nine were Petts compositions, the others were by Sun Ra, Armando Sciascia, and Ervin Drake. Subsequent albums included compositions by David Bowie, Portishead, ...

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Caroline Kraabel: Last 1 and Last 2 (2016/7)

Read "Last 1 and Last 2 (2016/7)" reviewed by John Eyles

Caroline Kraabel gets sole credit for this album, justifiably, as she composed the music, conducted one performance of it, acted as musical director and played alto sax in another performance of it. However, after listening several times, the album leaves a sneaking feeling that Robert Wyatt probably deserved equal billing rather than just being mentioned in the small print. (Yes, the Robert Wyatt who played drums and sang in Soft Machine and Matching Mole before moving onto a successful solo ...

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Caroline Kraabel - Phil Hargreaves: Where We Were

Read "Where We Were" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Un vociare fitto e continuo, una ridda di voci apre un disco costruito montando una serie di sessions registrate “sul campo”. Kraabel e Hargreaves hanno scelto di dare maggiore suggestione al proprio dialogo a due cercando di interagire con i luoghi simbolo della natìa Liverpool (il teatro St. George, l’Università, il Wallasey Tunnel, Sefton Park). L’uso dei suoni come terzo elemento (voci, sirene,) avrebbe dovuto dare corpo alla musica. Almeno sulla carta. Il risultato è invece una musica priva di ...

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Caroline Kraabel / Phil Hargreaves: Where We Were

Read "Where We Were" reviewed by Marc Medwin

As part of the London Improvisers Orchestra, American-born and London-based instrumentalist Caroline Kraabel is no stranger to electro-acoustic incorporations of all varieties, but Where We Were takes such concerns to the next level. While the playing is outstanding, it is the world invoked between each utterance that makes the disc one of the most fascinating soundscape pieces in recent memory. The accompanying booklet speaks matter-of-factly and touchingly about life's progression over the four-year period in which the ...


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