First meeting of pianist Pat Thomas and drummer Paul Abbott. Abbott’s affective concerns find a perfect partner in Thomas and his signature smack-palm approach. Reminiscent of Milford Graves’ ‘Percussion Ensemble’ but replace the rather serious gong with jovial and dissonant piano. Take a deep breath because there aren't many moments to come up for air in here.
Paul Abbot / drums
Pat Thomas / piano
1. 28.4.16 - 31:30
Recorded by James Dunn on Thursday 28th of April 2016. Mixed & mastered by James Dunn. Plants by Hamish Dunbar.
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Pat Thomas studied classical piano from aged 8 and started playing Jazz from the age of 16. He has since gone on to develop an utterly unique style - embracing improvisation, jazz and new music. He has played with Derek Bailey in Company Week (1990/91) and in the trio AND (with Noble) – with Tony Oxley’s Quartet and Celebration Orchestra and in Duo with Lol Coxhill.
"Sartorially shabby as Thomas may be, and on first impression even rather stolid, he has a somewhat imperious charisma that’s immediately amplified when he starts to play. Unlike other pianists whose virtuosity seems to be racing ahead of their thought processes Thomas always seems supremely in command of his gift, and his playing, no matter how free and ready to tangle with abstraction, always carries a charge of authoritative exactitude." - The Jazzmann
Paul Abbott is an artist and musician based in London, working through questions and feelings connecting music, language and politics: using drums, performance, writing, and publishing. He is currently one of the Sound and Music “Embedded” resident artists at Cafe Oto and a co-editor of Cesura//Acceso journal.
His current collaborations include XT (with Seymour Wright), lll人 (with Daichi Yoshikawa and Seymour Wright) and ULAPAARC (with Cara Tolmie). A series of solo performances in Cafe OTO’s project space are documented here. Recent releases include qno, Vagus, Pah', and vjerhanxsk.