Coxhill / Edwards / Noble – The Early Years

Fantastic trio made up of three of the best London free improvisors. Lol's lyricism combined with the depth of skill and restraint in the Noble / Edwards rhythm section is as good as it gets. 


Lol Coxhill / soprano sax

John Edwards / double bass

Steve Noble / drums



1. Tijuana Rendezvous - 5:48
2. Episode No.1 - 6:30
3. Coming Through - 5:07
4. Hook Point - 7:47
5. The Set Up - 5:59
6. Stray Dog - 3:33
7. Out Of The Past - 10:10
8. 3 Tales - 5:27
9. Endgame - 6:25


Recorded by Mick Ritchie at Barefoot Studios on 11th January 2004. Post production by Noble & Ritchie. Sleeve design by Noble & Denning. 

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Lol Coxhill, Steve Noble, John Edwards in The Herb Garden, Deptford, London 2007

Steve Noble

Steve Noble is London's leading drummer, a fearless and constantly inventive improviser whose super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed playing has galvanized encounters with Derek Bailey, Matthew Shipp, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Stephen O'Malley, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Rhodri Davies and many, many more. 

In the early eighties, Noble played with the Nigerian master drummer Elkan Ogunde, Rip Rig and Panic, Brion Gysin and the Bow Gamelan Ensemble, before going on to work with the pianist Alex Maguire and with Derek Bailey (including Company Weeks 1987, 89 and 90). He was featured in the Bailey's excellent TV series on Improvisation for Channel 4 based on his book ‘Improvisation; its nature and practise’. He has toured and performed throughout Europe, Africa and America and currently leads the groups N.E.W (with John Edwards and Alex Ward) and DECOY (with John Edwards and Alexander Hawkins). 

John Edwards

John Edwards is a true virtuoso whose staggering range of techniques and boundless musical imagination have redefined the possibility of the double bass and dramatically expanded its role, whether playing solo or with others. Perpetually in demand, he has played with Evan Parker, Sunny Murray, Derek Bailey, Joe McPhee, Lol Coxhill, Peter Brötzmann, Mulatu Astatke and many others.

"I think John Edwards is absolutely remarkable: there’s never been anything like him before, anywhere in jazz." - Richard Williams, The Blue Moment