Amm – At The Roundhouse

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..."as I listened more deeply to the recording, I became more and more conscious of the pauses and the offstage noises, and also of the lack of audience response. Many of the cues that improvising musicians respond to were not there. I began to recall the psychology of the event. The vast cavern of the then unmodified Roundhouse - a huge Victorian brick domes building that had previously been a railway turning shed - was (at least for our concert) all but devoid of an audience. In the silences and pregnant pauses that were a characteristic of our performances you can hear doors swinging open and closes, a child's voice echoes in the distance, and there are other indistinguishable human murmuring and nameless isolating clonks. At the end of our performance - nothing. No applause, no cat calls. Merely the sound of empty indifference." - Eddie Prevost. 

"Music from half a lifetime ago - that was a very good creative time musically and maybe a new generation will appreciate what we are doing then and are still doing now. Playing with Eddie in that format, just the two of us, was my most rewarding experience after the breakup of the AMM quartet. I could not go back after the freedom of the duo." - Lou Gare.  

"Music with unusual qualities… very searching and balanced… no free jazz excursions… just the AMM connection, but with only two acoustic instruments. All about colour and minimal energy. Beautiful! And a very early example of what is later during the 2000´s happening in the world of improvised music and minimal improv…" - Discaholic Corner. 

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Lou Gare / tenor saxophone

Eddie Prévost / drums

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Recorded at the International Carnival of Experimental Sound, or ICES 72, held at the Roundhouse. Also released on CD by Anomalour Records in 2003. 

Available as 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC. 



Tracklisting:

1. The Sound of Indifference - 46:52

Eddie Prévost

Eddie Prévost began his life in music as a jazz drummer. A recurring interest in this form has been maintained, although always with an experimental ethos. Along the way he has maintained his fifty-year plus experimental credentials with AMM and numerous other improvisation projects, including his now twenty-year long weekly workshop. But drumming has generally been backgrounded to his experimental percussion work. More though, is to be expected of his drumming in 2020 on forthcoming multi-CD album: The Unexpected Alchemy. A part of this Krakow festival recording features the drums and saxophone trio of Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, and Eddie Prévost. His most recent released recordings include AMM’s: An Unintended Legacy, and a duo with John Butcher - Visionary Fantasies, both on Matchless Recordings. Also, a solo percussion LP on the Earshots label called Matching Mix. Later, in 2020 he meets with Jason Yarde and Nathan Moore, while in March concerts and recording will hear him drumming with US guitarist Henry Kaiser and saxophonist Binker Golding.

And, early 2020 should see the publication of his fourth book: An Uncommon Music for the Common Man: a polemical memoir.

“Prévost's free drumming flows superbly making use of his formidable technique. It’s as though there has never been an Elvin Jones or Max Roach.” - Melody Maker

“Relentlessly innovative yet full of swing and fire.” – Morning Star