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AMM's performance at the 2009 Freedom of the City Festival with AMM regular members Eddie Prevost and John Tilbury extended with John Butcher, Chritian Wolff and Ute Kanngiesser.

Sounding Music

AMM: Sounding Music (Matchless)
Label: Matchless    
Released in: Great Britain    

"[...] Certainly in places this sounds like AMM through and through. When Prévost and Tilbury are working together it really cannot be anything else. I find myself hearing the connections between these two musicians through everything else, no matter what other sounds are there to be heard. There are the little climaxes, the slow arcs towards the small explosions of expression, the way Prévost uses his bowed sounds as the scaffold for the others to climb up and over, the sprinkling of Tilbury's piano sounds throughout in just the places Tilbury leaves them, the connections between these two sets of sounds leaves the hairs on the back of my neck standing on end. They did eighteen years ago when I first hear them live, they still do now. Then though, there are the elements in this recording that stand out as something new, sounds that do not seem to belong traditionally in AMM, and yes most of them here do come from Wolff, the little burst of pocket harmonica, the tapping of stones together that ends the performance, the single plucked guitar note that ends a section of the music twenty minutes in, but they don't sound so intrusive here, just little elements that catch your ear as unusual. Kanngiesser also stands out now and again as something new, the moment two thirds of the way through when after a mini climax the sounds drop away to find her bowing a series of slow notes in a fluid, almost tuneful manner really catches the ear. So what we have is AMM as we know them, augmented by some new elements. John Butcher by the way, plays wonderfully, and sounds completely at home in the group, none of his contributions sound out of place at all. [...]"-Richard Pinnell, The Watchful Ear

Includes an 8 page booklet, "Words on/and music" by Harry Gilonis

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Includes an 8 page booklet, "Words on/and music" by Harry Gilonis

UPC: 502049207728

Label: Matchless
Catalog ID: MRCD77
Squidco Product Code: 12975

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded at the 'Freedom of the City' festival, Conway Hall, Lonodn on Sunday May 3, 2009.


John Butcher-tenor & soprano saxophones

Ute Kanngiesser-cello

Eddie Prevost-percussion

John Tilbury-piano

Christian Wolff-piano, bass guitar, melodica

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