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Martin Archer

Martin Archer Sopranino, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, clarinets, recorders, keyboards, software instruments

Archer is a composer and improviser equally at home on stage or in the studio, dividing his energies between jazz and non jazz projects. His principle work is the series of CD releases for his own Discus Music label.

His current groups include his long standing duo with vocalist Julie Tippetts, the 14 piece AACM influenced big band Engine Room Favourites, 3 piece nu-jazz and electronics trio Inclusion Principle, improvising leftfield rock group Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere, and 30 voice performance art choir Juxtavoices. All of these and more are represented on Discus Music CDs

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"Bright eyed and cleverer than 1000 contemporary musicians" - Ben Watson

"Martin was a man at one with the performance, engaging with the laptop like a genuine instrument. Elements of his show were challenging, consciousness shifting, peaceful and reassuring, thoroughly confident with his avant-garde originality." - Freenoise

It takes nothing away from Martin Archer, a composer I admire greatly, if I suggest that Tippetts is the inspiration behind this record. And yet, it would be a lesser achievement without him. Archer is a collagist of rare skill. He seems able to create something piece by piece and allow it to unfold on its own terms. I’ve said it before but someone really should give the boy an orchestra for Xmas. Perhaps then his talent might get its due recognition. Here he sets Tippetts’ Gothic poems and songs inside exquisite and sometimes disturbing frames. Not once does he clutter the vision. Sometimes it’s sparse, as on Daydreams And Candle-Light or on Moonshine, just words with the instrumentation barely breathing behind. At others like on The Bear Walks At Night or Rainsong words and voice are given a powerful, echoing, industrial background. And when Tippetts sings, Archer draws out that wonderful, blues-tinged sound from her voice. This is the record that Tippetts always had in her and if I say it’s every bit as good as her Sunset Glow from 1976, then those that know will understand what praise that truly is. - Duncan Heining, JAZZWISE

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