Alexander Hawkins / Hammond B3 John Edwards / Double Bass Steve Noble / Drums Joe McPhee / Pocket Trumpet, Alto Sax
New 2CD version of Spontaneous Combustion - the second meeting of UK organ/bass/drums trio DECOY with sax legend Joe McPhee - Here with an extra 78 minutes of music added to the original LP material.
The original LP (now out of print) was listed in The WIRE magazine's top Jazz & Improv releases of 2013!
"a show that surpassed all expectations to become one of the very best things I’ve seen this year." The Liminal
Disc One recorded 29 October 2011, Cafe OTO by Mick Ritchie. Mix by Ritchie/Noble. Mastered by Andreas [LUPO] Lubich @ Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Disc Two recorded 30 October 2011, Cafe OTO by Mick Ritchie. Mixed by Ritchie/Noble and mastered by Mick Ritchie.
Sleeve design by Oliver Pitt.
Decoy with Joe McPhee - Spontaneous Combustion
Our tenth OTOROKU release sees a return to the group that kick-started the label - the veteran German reedsman and free jazz pioneer Peter Broetzmann with the long-running London bass/drums partnership of John Edwards and Steve Noble. After the release of '…The Worse The Better' that group went on to play a series of devastating shows in Europe and to emerge as one of Broetzmann's finest working groups. Over the same period Peter was developing a deep rapport with Jason Adasiewicz, the upstart vibraphone player from Chicago. What seems on paper like an awkward pairing reveals itself on stage and on record as a symbiotic revelation. Adasiewicz's physical attack matching Broetzmann for impact whilst the extended sustain of the vibes opens up an eerie space for some of Broetzmann's most fertile lyricism.
The recording is from the last set of a two-day residency at Cafe OTO that brought these two groups together for an astonishing quartet. Adasiewicz and Noble struck up an immense partnership in rhythm. Edwards wrestled with a broken house bass and failing amplifier and still managed new levels of invention - stoking the others onwards. Broetzmann was clearly energised - I swear I saw him dancing at the side of the stage whilst exchanging a shattered reed. And for all the usual rhetoric of Free Jazz bluster and machismo, this is a meeting characterised by the joy of communal creation that makes you want to dance - even if only in your head.
Broetzmann / Adasiewicz / Edwards / Noble – MENTAL SHAKE (LP)
This recording gathers all of the music from the final night of Otomo and Sachiko's first residency in 2009 which saw the pair joined by the long running trio of Evan Parker, John Edwards and Tony Marsh and special guest John Butcher. Butcher played duos with both Otomo and Sachiko and joined the quintet for a rousing sextet: stunning twin saxophone interplay, the unparalleled open-ness of the Marsh/Edwards rhythm pairing, Sachiko's deft high frequency interventions and Otomo's guitar at the centre - moving between abrasive textural invention and suggestive single note runs of ever-shifting melody.
"As for indicating a place in the curiously sculpted bridges between improvised music and sound art, well, the simple singularity of these daring and committed performances should bear out their significance." Clifford Allen, Tiny Mix Tapes
"This Quintet/Sextet album is recorded beautifully and it needed to be to capture all the nuance involved ... These are musicians at the top of their craft." Free Jazz Blog
"...fresh and inspired. The recording stands as a finely-honed classic of classically approached free improvisation: the players dance and flow smoothly and effortlessly with and around the sounds of their partners." - Henry Kuntz
Point of Departure Review
Otomo Yoshihide / Sachiko M / Evan Parker / Tony Marsh / John Edwards / John Butcher - Quintet / Sextet / Duos
It is always a treat to see some major musical innovators in action. Especially in a mind-blowing line-up, at the top of their game and unrecorded until now on this impressive new Dropa Disc release. Evan Parker might be a member of some legendary trios – one with von Schlippenbach and Paul Lovens and one with Barry Guy and Paul Lytton – still this brilliant master of the saxophone and pioneer of free music managed to surprise us big time when he introduced his trio with John Edwards and Steve Noble to the Belgian audience in January of 2015. Together with this ultimate rhythm section – backing artists like Peter Brötzmann, Akira Sakata and Julie Kjaer, to name a few – Parker reals out a truly mesmerising demonstration, full of individual brilliance, but most of all with a collective cohesion rendered with majestic imagination and endless iridescence. Dropa Disc #004 Evan Parker – John Edwards – Steve Noble: PEN is the first release of this trio ever, fitting perfectly next to the best works in these stellar musicians ever expanding discography.
Evan Parker: Tenor saxophoneJohn Edwards: Double bassSteve Noble: Drums & PercussionRecorded by Michael Huon at the Oorstof concert series, Zuiderpershuis, Antwerp 24 January 2015Edited & Mixed by Michael Huon and Koen Vandenhoudt at Odeon 120, Brussels 2016Mastered by Michael Huon at Odeon 120, Brussels 2016Live concert produced by Sound in MotionProduced by Koen VandenhoudtExecutive Producers: Koen Vandenhoudt & Christel KumpenCover Design & Layout: Pascal Cools
First release for the stellar trio Evan Parker, John Edwards & Steve Noble.You can order the cd Evan Parker – John Edwards – Steve Noble: PEN (Dropa Disc#004) by mailing us here ! or go to the PayPal buy button.You want to order more Dropa Disc releases at once? Mail us for combined shipping prices here !
Extended text by Guy Peters (Enola Magazine, Gonzo Circus, Cadence … ):
Without a doubt, Evan Parker belongs to the top league of free improvisers. For half a century now, he has been one of the most innovative, challenging and consistent members of the European avant-garde. Together with Alexander von Schlippenbach, Peter Brötzmann, Fred Van Hove and a handful of others, he is among the trailblazers who set and raised the bar. The best thing about it: he’s still going strong. When he appeared in the Oorstof series with the terrific rhythm section of John Edwards (bass) and Steve Noble (drums), we were in a for a memorable night.
Parker is not only a legend because of his technical mastery and individual approach to the soprano and tenor saxophone, but also because he was/is a member and/or leader of several crucial bands. He was part of the legendary Brötzmann Octet that cut the Big Bang-record Machine Gun and he is a member of two of the most formidable trios in the history of improvised music: one with Von Schlippenhach and Paul Lovens, the other with Barry Guy and Paul Lytton. Also his documented trio with John Edwards and Mark Sanders is well-respected. Also his documented trio with John Edwards and Mark Sanders is well-respected. In the meantime, Parker has played with so many improvisers that it’s hard to believe his stunning trio with John Edwards and Steve Noble, until now, went unrecorded.
Edwards and Noble are a tight rhythm section, appearing beside a.o. Alex Ward, Hans Koch, Alan Wilkinson, Peter Brötzmann, Sophie Agnel and, most recently, Julie Kjær. Though teaming up with Parker seemed inevitable the music generated by this trio – as displayed perfectly on this new Dropa Disc release – is stunning. There is no holding back, the musicians are not too respectful and it’s no feast of impatient fury either. No, instead we hear three masters displaying an enormous control of their respective instruments – with Parker sticking to tenor saxophone – without losing the overall cohesion of the performance. It’s rife with remarkable solo and duo moments, and even though these often belong to the highlights, you hear an exceptional solid unit.
We were already familiar with the breadth of Steve Noble’s playing, as he appeared on Dropa Disc #001 (los bordes de las respuestas, by the Saint Francis Duo with Stephen O’Malley), but it’s exciting to witness his amazing dynamics, range of textures, energy and rhythm. Equally at ease within abstract expression as in inflammatory interaction, he is the guy you need for a balance of thoughtfulness and vital energy. Edwards is his ideal sidekick: a player with agility, intelligence and a physical approach that sometimes borders on harassment. Together they create an intricate, lively and surprisingly soulfulperformance, serving as foundation, trigger and sparring partner for Parker’s associative approach.
As such, this exceptional concert is not about easy effects, wild climaxes or raucous energy. Instead, it’s a celebration of freedom and the direction in which it can be taken. During its best moments it sounds as if the music almost becomes self-evident in its organic cohesion. Not because the musicians rely on predictable patterns, but because the music seems to take over, flowing from three musicians in one identifiable language – something similar happened a few months later, when Ballister visited Oorstof, check the Dropa Disc #005 release. When you observe Parker in action, the man often stands there with a stoic, immovable pose, but these adjectives couldn’t be further removed from this music’s essence. The performance contained on this album is all about restless movement and ceaseless interaction. It is a celebration of the potential of improvised music.
Evan Parker/John Edwards/Steve Noble: PEN CD
Paul Abbott: Drum kits, percussion, computer.Seymour Wright: Alto Saxophone, feedback
Pah’ is a monolithic document of the shared improvisational language of saxophonist Seymour Wright and percussionist Paul Abbott, also known as XT. One piece, just under eighty minutes long, begins in the well-traveled territory of contemporary free-jazz, with Wright and Abbott falling into a supersonic velocity that they don’t give up until a strange English folk music marks the end of their set; the audience clearly taking a second to register the proceedings. Recorded live in 2015 at London’s Café Oto, the duo almost immediately ejects/(r)ejects the typical free jazz tropes as Abbott and Wright spin off into conflicting repetitions and cycles, only to morph and move again just at the point that the listener becomes comfortable. The addition of Wright’s use of feedback and Abbott’s heavily deconstructed electro-dance textures takes Pah’ from elegantly brutal blow out to truly 21st century music, and fits perfectly into the experimental formal and timbral languages of label mates Nate Wooley and Paul Lytton. Track Listing: 1. Pah’ (79:19) Recorded live at Café Oto, 24 November 2015 by James DunnMixed and Mastered by Paul AbbottDesign by Paul Abbott and Seymour Wright
XT - Pah CD
In October 2015, a three-day was held at Porgy & Bess in Vienna for the 50th birthday of Mats Gustafsson, saxophone player extraordinaire in contemporary (free) jazz with The Thing, Fire!, and various duo/trio/ensemble formations. Many collaborators of Gustafsson's were invited to join in various formations. The first three discs of the four-CD set were recorded October 26-28, 2014 at Porgy & Bess in Vienna by Mikael Werliin. The fouth disc was recorded October 26-28th, 2014 at "Strenge Kammer," Porgy & Bess, by Alexander Kasses. The discs are presented in a heavy cardboard box with two thick booklets including essays and many photos. Mixed in 2015 at Garnison7 in Vienna by Martin Siewert and Mats Gustafsson. Mastered by Martin Siewert in 2016. Photos by Petra Cvelbar and Ziga Koritnik. Artwork by Lasse Marhaug. Produced by Konstantin Drobil and Mats Gustafsson. Includes performances by Mats Gustafsson/Didi Kern, RISC (Billy Roisz/Dieb 13), Sven- Åke Johansson, Swedish Azz, Fake The Facts + Paul Lytton & Martin Brandlmayr, Christof Kurzmann/Sofia Jernberg, Fire! Plus guests, Klangforum Wien & Mats Gustafsson, TR!O + 1 (Günther Christman/Paul Lovens/Thomas Lehn/Mats Gustafsson), The Thing & Ken Vandermark, Kjell Nordeson, Per-Åke Holmlander, Agustí Fernández, Erwan Keravec, Christof Kurzmann/Ken Vandermark, and Anna Högberg.
MATS GUSTAFSSON AND FRIENDS - Peace & Fire 4CD BOX
Beautiful CD set including 10 prints
“Another interesting way that Néillidh used the natural environment in his music was that near his home was a small lake with a rock face just behind it. Néillidh would stand just in front of a large rock near his home and play a phrase on the fiddle, bouncing the sound off the water and the rock face behind it then when the echo came back to him he would listen back to what he had played. He sometimes played along with the echo of his own playing adding in variations and harmonies.”
Sleeve notes to A Feeling in the Blood - Néillidh Boyle, Rab Cherry and Dermot McLaughlin
“Then he sat down by a pond and began to play a tune. As he played, the most extraordinary thing happened. One by one the fish in the pond began to jump out and fly about in the air. And what is more, they were all different colours and they were singing to the music.”
Patrick, Quentin Blake.
Billy Steiger’s first album of solo violin recordings.
The Ten Recordings:Some were recorded outside, some were recorded inside.Wood carried inside, wood carried outside.The first and tenth tracks are Festival Music.
The Ten Drawings and Photographs:They are reprints of monoprints. (Two have photographs).
Billy Steiger - Recordings, drawings and photographs from in and around Frîdd Newydd, December 2014 - December 2015 CD
CD01 – Arcoparlante
CD02 – Gesualdo Translation
CD03 – A Collection of Smiles
CD03 – The Whistling Republic / Campanas
ALESSANDRO BOSETTI – STILLE POST. RADIO WORKS: 2003-2011 4CD
First pressing sold out. Repress maybe by June 2016? Harry Bertoia's Complete Sonambient Collection features all 11 of Bertoia's original records newly restored from their master tapes and housed in replica jackets. A heavy duty box, printed with metallic inks, holds the 11 discs as well as a 100-page book containing a lengthy historical essay, an interview with Harry Bertoia from the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, exclusive Sonambient-era material from the Bertoia archive, modern and archival photos of the Bertoia barn, and reflections on Bertoia from David Sefton, Tom Welsh, David Harrington (Kronos Quartet), and all three of Bertoia's children. The Complete Sonambient Collection celebrates 100 years of Harry Bertoia in 2015, the centennial of his birth. In the late 1950s, Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), already a renowned American sculptor, began creating long-form, improvised pieces of music utilizing pure acoustic tones evoked from his sound sculptures. Around this time Bertoia came up with the term "Sonambient" to describe the music and environment created by his tonal sculptures and their lush harmonic overtones. In a renovated barn on his property deep in the Pennsylvania woods, Bertoia curated a harmonious selection of his sculptures and gongs, often recording his frequent, intuitive sound experiments using four overhead microphones and a ¼" tape recorder. Bertoia dedicated the last 20 years of his life to his Sonambient work and in 1970 he released the first Sonambient LP. In 1978, in the final months of his life, he selected recordings from his archive and produced ten more Sonambient records. He would not live long enough to see or hear these records himself. Bertoia died in 1978, at age 63, and was buried beneath a giant gong behind his Sonambient barn. Bertoia's recordings are as much a celebration of sustained tones, slow decay, healing vibrations, and shimmering harmonics as Indian classical music, singing bowls, La Monte Young, or Benjamin Franklin's glass armonica. Through these rich harmonics, pulsing tones, and pure gongs Bertoia was able to more clearly articulate his inner spirit than he could with sculpture alone -- a point he made himself many times in interview. His single greatest piece of art is the totality of his life, which is nearly impossible to measure but easy to feel. Important Records hopes that somehow this box set evokes some of the same sacred, personal feeling that one has in Bertoia's barn. "I don't hold onto terms like music and sculpture anymore. Those old distinctions have lost all their meaning." --Harry Bertoia, 1976
HARRY BERTOIA SONAMBIENT: RECORDINGS OF HARRY BERTOIA 11CD BOX
American saxophonist John Dikeman, Belgian guitar experimentalist Dirk Serries, and legendary English drummer Steve Noble team up for an impressive improvisational record. Inventive, harsh, precise! Recorded at Sound Savers, London, in 2015. John Dikeman: saxophone; Steve Noble: drums; Dirk Serries: guitar.
DIKEMAN NOBLE SERRIES TRIO - Obscure Fluctuations LP
Description: 88 page book with 5 CDs, 115 tracks, most available on CD for the first time, A co-production between Dust-to-Digital and RevenantPublication Date: October 11, 2011
Edited by Glenn Jones
As with all histories, context and an appreciation for the times are essential. In 1958, when the earliest of these recordings were made there were probably no more than a handful of reissues of pre-war country blues 78s available on record in the United States. The long-playing 33 1/3 record was, itself, only a recent invention. Today, with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of pre-war blues and hillbilly reissues available and in print, when it’s possible to walk into any halfway decent record store (to the extent record stores, halfway decent or otherwise, still exist) and find the complete recordings of Charley Patton or Blind Willie Johnson, it may be difficult to comprehend just how obscure and how otherworldly this music once was. — Glenn Jones, from the Introduction toYour Past Comes Back to Haunt You
JOHN FAHEY: YOUR PAST COMES BACK TO HAUNT YOU (1958-1965) BOX SET
3 Nights at Cafe OtoMRCD184.108.40.206MRDVD93
Three CDs and a DVD featuring three concerts given in May 2013.
CD1— 27th May 2013Evan Parker tenor saxophone, John Edwards double bass,Eddie Prévost drums1. 31:352. 36:15
CD2 — 28th May 2013Alexander v. Schlippenbach piano with Evan Parker tenor saxophone, John Edwards double bass and Eddie Prévost drums1. 31:532. 33.39
CD3 — 29th May 2013Christof Thewes trombone with Evan Parker tenor saxophone, John Edwards double bass and Eddie Prévost drums1. 40:222. 38:57
DVD — 27th, 28th and 29th May 2013Featuring sections from all three nights
V/A - 3 Nights at Cafe Oto 3CD + DVD
When did you last hear a laugh out loud avant garde album? I’m hard pushed to think of any. Roland Topor’s Panic is a goodie, or some of the antics of the “Selten gehörte Musik” gang, but this is funnier, and my own personal favorite release on the label. Bohman’s approach to music has always shown a preference for the raw and unprocessed, although his 3 releases on Paradigm with Morphogenesis often use signal processing. On this CD, his first solo recording for Paradigm all the played music (except for one piece that uses slowed down and backwards sounds), are derived from the unprocessed sounds from the surfaces of a wide variety of objects that use a broken violin at its core. This CD attempts to cover the full variety of his different working practices which have been slowly evolving since the mid 80s. In particular there is a total of over 30 minutes taken from one of his many ‘talking tapes’, these tapes are made in very small editions and sent out as audio letters to other mail art correspondents (there is also an excerpt included on the first London compilation on Paradigm Discs). These tapes consist of on the spot lo-fi cassette recordings of his observations, both humorous, mundane and personal. Special attention is given to colours, signage and vernacular architectural detail, and favoured locations include: overseas visits, public toilets, restaurants and public transport, but it is the unpretentious wit and dedication that make these tapes so enduring. The sounds of the environment, the faulty recording mechanism and the frequent use of the pause button give these pieces an almost concrète, sound text feel. This ‘talking tape’ dates from Christmas, 1994. There are also 3 ‘pause pieces’ dating from 1990, which are multi-tracked, rapid collages of prerecorded sound material, also recorded on cassette recorders. This uses a similar technique (although independently developed), as that used by Anton Bruhin on his InOut CD on Alga Marghen. Finally there are 4 multi-tracked studio recordings, and one live concert recording. Crucial to all these pieces is the element of improvisation. Bohman has collaborated with a diverse cross section of improvisers, from Lol Coxhill to Joseph Hammer, and is one half of the ongoing theatre/improv duo The Bohman Brothers.
Adam Bohman - Music and Words CD
Music and words 2 is the much delayed 2nd installment in an ongoing series of archival documents of Bohman's early work. As with the first volume, this CD is divided into 2 separate areas of his work. Adam is probably best known as an improviser, playing prepared instruments and objects, but the music here uses little of these purely improvised techniques. On this CD the musical sections consists of idiosyncratic lo-fi songs alongside short collage pieces and other experiments, recorded on stereo and 4 track cassette recorders. Most of these pieces date from the early 80s, but the earliest recording is from 1977.
The spoken word sections on this CD are centred on excerpts from 3 talking tapes - a trip to Southend, a concert series in Wiesbaden and a day in the life, in London. Anyone who has known Adam for any length of time will know that he frequently records his observations to a small portable cassette recorder. These are often recorded for friends and music contacts from all over the world. As with the musical contributions, all these cassettes exist in very small quantities, often they are editions of only one copy.Although there is an obvious difference in these two types of recorded material, there exists a light and humourous common thread that runs through many of the 28 tracks. This is the third solo release from Bohman on Paradigm Discs. He also appears on all 3 of the Morphogenesis CDs, as well as contributing to the first ever Paradigm release, Variations, a compilation of London based artists, from 1995.
Adam Bohman – Music and Words 2 CD
Ashley Paul's Heat Source was recorded during a challenging year of transience between New York and London. During this year of impermanence Paul performed regularly and the effects of frequent performance and traveling can be heard in the intentionally pared back emptiness of Heat Source. making it an emotionally challenging and fascinatingly personal listening experience.Heat Source finds Ashley Paul working using her brilliant ears to find a zen like balance between her voice and a sparse arrangement of staccato instrumentation leaving as much open space on one song as most people would create in a lifetime. This open space isn't empty, however, but it's up to you to fill in the meaning. Heat Source is an emotionally challenging and fascinatingly personal listening experience that creates a powerful pace.
Ashley Paul is a performer and composer based in Brooklyn, New York. She uses an array of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, voice, guitar, bells and percussion, mixing disparate elements to create a colorful palate of sound that works its way into her intuitive songs; free forming, introverted melodies. This blend manifests beautiful and simple musical forms against acoustic experimentation. Her solo albums have received high praise being chosen in Wire Magazine "Top 50 Releases of 2013, Pitchfork "Best Experimental sounds of 2013", first on Byron Coley and Thurston Moore's "Tongue Top Ten" in Arthur Magazine and included on NPR's All Songs Considered "Best of 2010". She has been interviewed or featured in Wire Magazine, BOMB, Gonzo (circus), Dummy, The Quietus, Ad Hoc, Spex, The Sound Projector and Foxy Digitalis.Ashley has performed or recorded with Phill Niblock, Rashad Becker, Nik Colk Void, Loren Connors, Aki Onda, C. Spencer Yeh, Anthony Coleman, Joe Maneri, Joe Morris, Seijiro Murayama, Greg Kelley, Bill Nace and Eli Keszler appearing on such labels as PAN, ESP-DISK' and Tzadik. She received a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in 2007.
Ashley Paul - Heat Source CD
Variations on a Blue Line/'Round Midnight was recorded in October, 1977, during a highly significant period in Poughkeespie, NY, multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee's work, as he was pioneering the transatlantic, collaborative spirit that has helped to define the last three decades of his career. BlueLine comes from a concert in Rouen, France, when McPhee played on a double bill with the Peter Brötzmann/Han Bennink duo. It features the side-length tenor excursion "Beanstalk" (dedicated to Coleman Hawkins), an alternate version of "Knox" (known from his beloved LP Tenor), and two soprano pieces, "Motian Studies" and Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight." This record come from a year-long run during which McPhee recorded and released four very different, extremely wonderful solo records, of which only Tenor has ever been reissued on CD. Along with the LP Glasses, this reissue was produced in collaboration with the seminal Swiss label Hat Hut Records and their chief, Werner X. Uehlinger (originally released in 1979). Recorded live by Claude Robert October 11, 1977 at Salle Ste Croix des Pelletiers in Rouen, France.Joe McPhee on tenor and soprano saxophone.
Joe McPhee - Variations on a Blue Line / 'Round Midnight CD
Glasses was recorded in October, 1977, during a highly significant period in McPhee's work, as he was pioneering the transatlantic, collaborative spirit that has helped to define the last three decades of his career. Documented in Tavannes, Switzerland, the set contains sensational tenor work,including the title piece, which finds McPhee ringing out a rhythm on a half-full wine glass, from which he extrapolates a melody on the saxophone, as well as a stunning version of John Coltrane's "Naima." The final 15 minutes are spent in duet with the Swiss percussionist Reto Weber, who was so inspired by McPhee he asked to sit in and did so with his quite extensive battery of drums. This record come from a year-long run during which McPhee recorded and released four very different, extremely wonderful solo records, of which only Tenor has ever been reissued on CD. Along with the LP Variations on a Blue Line/'Round Midnight, this reissue was produced in collaboration with the seminal Swiss label Hat Hut Records and their chief, Werner X. Uehlinger, and was originally released in 1979. Recorded live by Werner X. Uehlinger, October 13, 1977 at Cafe Calvado, Switzerland.
Joe McPhee on tenor saxophone, flugelhorn, and percussion with Reto Weber also on percussion.
Joe McPhee - Glasses CD