John Edwards & Caroline Kraabel – day night

Together in pandemic isolation we face things, including sound. These duo recordings were made in London confinement. Caroline Kraabel improvises on alto saxophone, John Edwards on double bass; gloves off was recorded on Tuesday 12 May 2020, at midday; masks off was recorded on Friday 15 May 2020, at midnight.

Photo by Régine Edwards.

Artwork design by Oliver Barrett.

© and℗2020 John Edwards and Caroline Kraabel, PRS, all rights reserved.

1 - gloves off (15:47)
2 - masks off (18:47)

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

Caroline Kraabel

Saxophonist and composer Caroline Kraabel is committed to improvisation as a way of living and working, making music in unexpected ways and places, but also composing and playing written music. She has worked with Anri Sala, Maggie Nicols, Andrea Zarza Canova, Evan Parker, Annie Lewandowski, John Tchicai, Cleveland Watkiss and Susan Alcorn, among many fine artists, and was a director of the London Musicians Collective, which created Resonance 104.4fm, London’s art radio station.

Caroline Kraabel has been playing with and conducting the London Improvisers Orchestra for many years, exploring improvisation and conducted improvisation for large groups.