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British free improvising guitar master John Russell's 60th birthday gig at London's Cafe Oto is celebrated in a duo with Phil Minton, a trio with Henry Lowther & Satoko Fakuda, in a trio with Evan Parker and John Edwards, and in a duo with Thurston Moore.

Russell, John (with Phil Minton, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker, &c.)

Russell, John (with Phil Minton, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker, &c.): With... (Emanem)

Label: Emanem    
Released in: Great Britain    

All of the music from guitarist John Russell's 60th Birthday Gig - a packed out event at the Cafe Oto in London.
(1) A trio with Henry Lowther (trumpet) and Satoko Fukuda (violin).
(2) A duo with vocalist Phil Minton.
(3) A trio with EVAN PARKER (tenor saxophone) and John Edwards (double bass).
(4) An electric guitar duet with Thurston Moore.

"My reasoning was that as a kid, and my birthday being close to Christmas, I would always get one 'larger' present instead of two smaller ones and everything would run together. I was thinking about doing something for my sixtieth at the Mopomoso a couple of days later and then thought, 'No I'm sixty and I'm going to have one distinct birthday celebration at least once in my life.' I approached Oto and checked the availability of the musicians and then just hoped that I would be out of the hospital for it. I had told the surgeon that come what may I would really like to do this concert and fortunately the date wasn't double booked for a different sort of performance!"-John Russell, from the liner notes.

Full color sleeve with pictures of each artist. 8 page booklet with

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Full color sleeve with pictures of each artist. 8 page booklet with

UPC: 5030243503728

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 5037
Squidco Product Code: 20879

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardboard foldover with book
Recorded live at Cafe Oto in London, England, on December 19th, 2014 by Matt Saunders.


John Russell-guitar

Henry Lowther-trumpet

Satoko Fukuda-violin

Phil Minton-vocals

Evan Parker-tenor saxophone

John Edwards-double bass

Thurston Moore-electric guitar

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Track Listing:

1. The First Half Of The First Half 22:19

2. The Second Half Of The First Half 13:34

3. The First Half Of The Second Half 25:12

4. The Second Half Of The Second Half 17:08

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