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Dominic Lash & Seth Cooke: Egregore

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Making their Intonema debut here, the occasional duo of Dominic Lash and Seth Cooke dates back to 2013. Egregore is their third album release, following PACT (1000 füssler, 2014) and Canary (Hideous Replica, 2015). However, anyone familiar with those releases and/or Lash's other work may be surprised by this new album as he does not play double bass at all here, opting instead for electronics throughout while Cooke is heard on cymbals and microphones. Their new label may be the ...

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Dominic Lash: Extremophile

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According to Wikipedia, an extremophile is an organism that thrives in physically or geochemically extreme conditions that are detrimental to most life on Earth. By titling the second disc from his Quartet in this way you can't help but think that bassist Dominic Lash is drawing an analogy with the place of the improviser in the current commercially dominated environment, still persevering at the further reaches of the musical ecosystem. While Lash's quartet has persisted, the main change since the ...

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Dominic Lash Quartet: Extremophile

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Back in 2012, the Dominic Lash Quartet combined bassist Lash and three players with whom he had at least five years playing experience, keyboardist Alexander Hawkins plus Spain's Ricardo Tejero on reeds and Javier Carmona on percussion. By the time the four recorded an album, Opabinia (Babel), in January 2013, they had gelled nicely. Fast forward four years, and the release of this second disc credited to the Dominic Lash Quartet brings a surprise--Alexander Hawkins is gone, to ...

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Stefan Keune/Dominic Lash/Steve Noble: Fractions

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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 ...

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Dominic Lash: Opabinia

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As British bassist Dominic Lash explains in the liners to his Quartet's debut Opabinia, both the album and several of the tracks on it are named after extinct creatures excavated as fossils from the Burgess Shale of British Columbia. That inspiration arises from both the fabulous nature of the animals and paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould's musings on contingency: the role of chance in determining which members of this fauna survived and which disappeared. Lash draws a parallel with how chance ...

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Dominic Lash and Ricardo Tejero together

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Among a host of other activities too numerous to catalogue, bassist Dominic Lash and saxophonist / clarinetist Ricardo Tejero are both long-standing stalwarts of the London Improvisers Orchestra, so it was almost inevitable that they would gravitate towards each other in a smaller grouping at some point, as had happened with other LIO regulars. But, as these recordings illustrate, they now collaborate not just in one grouping but two with similarly eclectic repertoires. Lash has history in jazz and free ...