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John Butcher, Thomas Lehn, Matthew Shipp

Tangle

Label: Fataka

Format: CD

Genre: Jazz

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A live recording of the trio comprised of John Butcher (saxophones, feedback) Thomas Lehn (analogue synthesizer) Matthew Shipp (piano) performing at Cafe Oto, London on 19 February 2014. "the standout album of 2016. There’s a raw vitality to the performance, and the music is unabashed and direct in channeling relatively conventional lyricism: Tangle is supremely listenable, and should grab listeners who usually find improvised free music elusive, as well as devotees . . . This is thrilling, peerless stuff, played with vivacity and animation." - Tim Owen, Dalston Sound

"This music does not tell a tale of dominance and submission, but one of three strong personalities bound within a tangle of knowledge and unknowing . . . The music on Tangle stands apart from what all parties have made before, but makes sense of their individual and collective histories at the same time that it sounds unique unto itself." - Bill Meyer, Dusted

"Free-improv, noise, call it what you will. Tangle is aptly-titled. This is a dense, reflective piece that will take the listener some time to unpack. To use an appropriate cliche, Fataka has captured lightning in a bottle with this release." - Mike Borella, Avant Music News

"Ils ne tentent pas de s'imiter ou de se copier, bien au contraire, ils jouent comme ils ont toujours joué, et parviennent à se faire chacun leur place dans ce trio, sans s'étouffer, sans se contredire, ni rien. On a trois instruments différents, trois esthétiques différentes, mais une musique pourtant unie. Le trio réussit à concilier les traditions, les préoccupations et les codes esthétiques de chacun pour une performance qui navigue entre le free jazz, le réductionnisme et l'eai, sans qu'on ne soit jamais dans une case bien définie." - Julien Héraud, improv sphere

"Shipp’s manic repetitions, Butcher’s scalar blankets, and Lehn’s warm reverb remind the listener of certain eras of experimental improvisation and composition, but it isn’t the remembrance that contains the power, but the feeling that this is something fresh and new. It is a music that brings up new ideas and paradigms" - Nate Wooley (liner notes)

Details
Cat. number: fataka 14
Year: 2016

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