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File under: Free Improvisation

Lou Gare

No Strings Attached

Label: Matchless Recordings

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

In stock


Matchless Recordings presents the first solo recordings from Lou Gare, founding member of AMM, recorded at Firefly Studios, Thowleigh, Devon, England on 13th and 20th April 2005.

The album includes four tracks performed by Lou Gare - tenor saxophone.

"Toward the end of his fine short essay for Laminal, AMM's 30th Anniversary set, Jim O'Rourke asks in relation to the experience of simultaneously hearing the record and viewing the accompanying photograph of AMM's The Crypt, "where was the saxophone?" Here, almost 40 years later, it is. Solo exposed, unfettered, no strings attached. A long way from where it was, or might have been, then, and has been carried, blown, viewed qua saxophone, and not (for a time with AMM played bugle-like with bottom end pads and keys removed) since. Fecund, heavy with ideas and the weight of everywhere and everything it's been in between...Without cease, traces, quotes, paraphrases and retellings run through this music, shaping and propelling its form and ideas. The appearance and development of melodies, motifs and often standards which are then worked, stretched, worried at, broken down, put back together and played with before being let drift away, is, Lou suggests more influenced by Indian music than the jazz tradition. Two examples here are "Loose Blues" and "Good Morning Mr. Rollins" which appears to acknowledge an unplanned musical meeting with a sound and through it the idea of an old musical acquaintance, as if unexpectedly bumping into someone on the way to do something else." - Seymour Wright.

File under: Free Improvisation
Cat. number: MRCD 65
Year: 2005

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