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Newton, Lauren / Joelle Leandre : Face It!  <i>[Used Item]</i> (Leo)

"Above all else, this album is serious fun-fun for the live audience at the recording, fun for the CD listener, and fun for the performers. At its best, improvisation flows out of the sheer pleasure of playing and experimenting together...

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New unsealed CD in mint shape.

UPC: 5024792045020

Label: Leo
Catalog ID: CD LR 450
Squidco Product Code: 20468

Format: CD
Condition: VG+
Released: 2005
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded live in Le Mans at the Europa Djazz Festival on April 28, 2005.

This is a USED (previously owned) item


Lauren Newton-voice

Joelle Leandre-bass, voice

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track listing:

1. Face It 1 6:12

2. Face It 2 4:57

3. Face It 3 4:39

4. Face It 4 3:16

5. Face It 5 5:11

6. Face It 6 4:11

7. Face It 7 6:44

8. Face It 8 5:15

9. Face It 9 5:31

10. Face It 10 0:30

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"Above all else, this album is serious fun-fun for the live audience at the recording, fun for the CD listener, and fun for the performers. At its best, improvisation flows out of the sheer pleasure of playing and experimenting together; here, Lauren Newton and Joelle Leandre communicate the joy of that process. Leandre's double bass is joined by the duo's voices, mainly Newton's. That bass is wonderfully versatile, by turns light and airy but also rock solid. The magnificent thunderous booming notes that open "Face It 2" sound like a fanfare, as large a bass sound as you could wish to hear. When contrasted with the unpredictable swoops of Newton's voice, the pairing is irresistible; the two perfectly complement each other. There is always the urge to give special attention to voices over other instruments, especially-as here-where some of the vocal contributions are not just musical but verbal as well ("Aha! Lyrics-meaning!") Suffice to say that the two vocals with lyrics vergeon being novelty items, grabbing the attention early but being unable to hold it over repeated listenings. The first, "Face It 4", is one of Leandre's voice-bass features in which she explosively spits out loosely connected words, as if suffering from Tourette's syndrome, or jabbering semi-incoherently. In concert, such drama makes for an effective and amusing-but disturbing-interlude. (Is that embarrassed laughter?) On CD, it pales under the weight of repetition. "Face It 6" is a narrative with vocals from Newton, a rambling tale of the "There's a Hole in My Bucket" variety; Newton's vocal eccentricities and dramatic asides are not enough to make up for the repetitive format, which becomes increasingly dull and irritating with time. Both of these tracks are good in small doses, but now I find I skip them more often than not. On a much more positive note, when Newton uses her voice as a (wordless) instrument, it is hard to fault. Her vocals without lyrics convey a far greater range ofemotions and meaning than those with lyrics, at different times managing to summon up images of a muezzin summoning the faithful, of an operatic diva, or a jungle full of small animals! There is rarely a dull moment, and eight of the ten tracks here stand up to sustained listening. One particular highlight comes in the last minutes of "Face It 7"; after rich, full-toned vocals from Newton offset by discordant bowing on the bass, the duo launch into a vocal duo in which their voices sing two independent emotion-drenched vocal lines that soar and intertwine beautifully, conveying all the power of an aria without opera's attendant nonsense. In the wrong hands, the combination of just bass and voice can be limited and repetitive. Leandre and Newton achieve the complete opposite; so varied are their individual sounds and their combinations that this album feels like a sample from an infinite range of possibilities. Very enjoyable."-John Eayles,

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Artist Biographies:

"Joëlle Léandre (born 12 September 1951 in Aix-en-Provence, France) is a double bassist, vocalist, and composer active in new music and free improvisation.

In the field of contemporary music, she has performed with Pierre Boulez's Ensemble InterContemporain, and worked with Merce Cunningham and John Cage. Both Cage and Giacinto Scelsi have composed works specifically for her.

She gave an historic solo concert in "Jazz em Agosto" in 2007 (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal). In this same top jazz festival, Léandre performed also in the "Quartet Noir", a quartet with quite rare live performances, with Marilyn Crispell, Urs Leimgruber and Fritz Hauser.

She has also collaborated with some of the preeminent musicians in the fields of jazz and improvised music, including Derek Bailey, Barre Phillips, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, India Cooke, Evan Parker, Irène Schweizer, Steve Lacy, Maggie Nicols, Fred Frith, Carlos Zingaro, John Zorn, Susie Ibarra, J. D. Parran, Kevin Norton, Eric Watson, Ernst Reijseger, Akosh S. and Sylvie Courvoisier.

In 1983 she became a member of the European Women Improvising Group (EWIG), which resulted from former Feminist Improvising Group and in later 1980s she co-founded the feminist improvising Trio Les Diaboliques, with Schweizer and Nicols."

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