Flathead Reunion – Noble / Williams / Marshall

First release on Steve Noble's Ping Pong Productions. Having recorded Say What! and Transmutating with together a few years earlier, the trio was reunited in London for more hard hitting free improvisation. A truly unique trio - Davey Williams' history in rock music pushes this further into Noble's 'Rip, Rag and Panic' days, yet Oren Marshall's unique FX laden tuba techinique brings compelling experimentation to their sound. 


Steve Noble / drums, turntables

Davey Williams / guitar

Oren Marshall / tuba



1. Can It All Be So Simple?... - 0:50
2. Flathead Reunion - 3:01
3. Early Days - 4:03
4. Episode No 7 - 4:10
5. I Could Presume - 0:29
6. Out Of Any Gain - 5:02
7. Shadows - 1:51
8. 59 Farewells - 2:55
9. All Too Soon - 9:09
10. Forever & 4th - 0:59
11. Say What? - 5:25
12. Coming Through - 1:51
13. Just Another - 3:30
14. Double Play - 0:33
15. Hog Stomp - 4:25
16. …Some Final Thoughts - 4:17


Recorded in London, September 1995. Post production by Dave Hunt and Steve Noble. Thanks to the LMC.

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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).