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Derek Bailey // Three Presences at Cafe Oto

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Simon H. Fell, Mark Wastell, Alex Ward
Derek Bailey // Three Presences
Cafe Oto
March 2, 2018

Many people will have done a double-take upon seeing this evening in the Café Oto programme. Over twelve years after the much-loved guitarist Derek Bailey died on Christmas Day 2005, he seemed to be ...


James O'Sullivan: IL Y A

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It is a great pleasure to welcome the release of IL Y A by London improvising guitarist James O'Sullivan. An active member of the London improv community, including being a long-standing member of Eddie Prevost's highly influential weekly workshop, O'Sullivan released his first album in 2009. During the years 2011 to 2014, he averaged two releases ...


Fire!: The Hands

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There are reasons to consider the 2018 release of The Hands as an important one for Fire! It was in 2008 that saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Johan Berthling and drummer Andreas Werlin first came together as a trio with the idea of a fresh approach to improvised music. Given the groups that the three were in ...


Latest From Eva-Maria Houben On Edition Wandelweiser

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The last 2017 batch of releases from the Edition Wandelweiser label consisted of six albums including one by the Swiss duo of Cyril Bondi and d'incise, a double album of piano pieces by the late Hermann Meier played by Dominik Blum, and a chilling but intriguing Michael Winter album featuring readings from The Limits of Mathematics ...


Kim Myhr: You / Me

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Although Norwegian guitarist and composer Kim Myhr has been closely associated with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra for several years, his solo albums have steadily been gaining ground since his first solo release All Your Limbs Singing (Sofa, 2014). You / Me is his third solo album, his second on Hubro, following 2016's Bloom. Where Myhr was the ...


Another Timbre Celebrates Its First Decade

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Another Timbre's autumn 2017 batch of albums is highly significant for the label and its proprietor, Simon Reynell. The four recordings came out almost exactly a decade after the label's first release in November 2007. These new releases take the label's tally of released discs past 150, a formidable ten-year total that would be the envy ...


Magnus Granberg: Nattens Skogar – version for four players

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Before this release, Magnus Granberg's music had only been issued on Another Timbre, a total of five albums mainly featuring the large ensemble Skogen in which the composer plays piano or clarinet. On the most recent of those albums, 2015's How Deep is the Ocean, How High is the Sky?, a tentet playing baroque instruments included ...


Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Karyobin

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Karyōbin is a crucially important album in the history and development of freely improvised music. Originally studio-recorded in February 1968 and issued as an Island Records LP later that year, it was remastered and re-released on CD by Chronoscope in 1993. Fine as the music was, both of those issues suffered from less than ideal sound ...


Pascale Criton: Infra

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Although she has been composing for over thirty-five years, Pascale Criton is surprisingly underrepresented on disc. In fact, Infra is only her second album release, following the rarely-seen Territoires Imperceptibles (Assai, 2003), a fact which makes this release particularly welcome. In her compositions, Criton has often used tunings with intervals so small that they have tended ...

Evan Parker

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In his biography of Robert Wyatt, Different Every Time (Serpent's Tail, 2015), author Marcus O'Dair describes Evan Parker as “perhaps the finest British free-jazz saxophonist of his generation." The only words in that phrase that seasoned Parker followers might take issue with are “perhaps," “British" and “free-jazz," preferring just to describe him as the finest improvising ...