The Squid's Ear Magazine

  Rapid SSL

  PayPal

  Mastercard

  Visa

  Discover

  American Express



© 2002-2016, Squidco LLC

British guitar Ian Brighton was tutored by Derek Bailey, and was a member of John Stevens' Spontaneous Music Ensemble and the Tony Oxley Quartet; this release coincides with the guitarist's 72nd birthday, in a variety of setting with a great list of improvisers.
 

Brighton, Ian
Now And Then

Brighton, Ian : Now And Then (Confront)

Label: Confront    
Released in: Great Britain    


"Ian Brighton's first album Marsh Gas was released on Bead Records in 1977. This, his second album, is released nearly forty years later. Marsh Gas is now, sadly, a rare and virtually unobtainable artefact (other than the availability of some tracks via YouTube) so it's significant that Brighton's Now And Then has been released to coincide with the guitarist's 72nd birthday and which proves that he has not lost an iota of the iconoclastic dynamism he evinced all those decades ago. In addition to his solo performances, he was also a member of John Stevens' Spontaneous Music Ensemble and the Tony Oxley Quartet.

"A Voice You Left Behind" begins poignantly with the inimitable strains of Derek Bailey's softly but incisively spoken words on the subject of the potential oxymoron of recorded improvisation. Bailey was Brighton's guitar tutor and mentor and this is apparent from the moment Brighton starts playing his electric archtop. However, Brighton is by no means a copyist, he has his own distinct style and avoids the overuse of Bailey's trademark harmonics.

"Chasin Lol" is a solo guitar paean to the late and greatly missed soprano saxophonist Lol Coxhill. Here Brighton employs frenetic, darting movements, often incorporating both a slide and some behind the bridge playing.

"30 Years From Yesterday" is the first of only two of the seven tracks presented here which was not recorded between 2013 and 2015. Recorded in 1986 it features his long-time erstwhile colleagues Phil Wachsmann on violin, Marcio Mattos on bass and Trevor Taylor on percussion. Here, along with glissando waves from all three stringed instruments and accompanying rasping percussion, we hear that Brighton has adopted the occasional use of a piece of Bailey apparatus, the volume pedal, with which he is able to colour his tonal palette, and this is also in evidence on the succeeding track

"Alive And Well" featuring Brighton on solo guitar once more and which was recorded in 2001. In contrast to the lone guitar, "Percussion Discussion" is absolutely gripping. Sheets of echoing percussion cascade and envelope the metallic florid guitar notes. Frank Perry and Trevor Taylor play in tandem along with intermittent contributions from Nicky Heinen on flute. The only slight negative here is that it is not possible to determine which percussionist is playing what. But this is a minor quibble as the overall effect is dramatic and engaging.

"Generations Apart" features Brighton with his son Paul on electronics and from the opening, Brighton's characteristic bold note-striking tendency is encountered whilst the electronics provides aural light and shade.

"Going Home" benefits from an underlay of electronics over which the guitarist explores tintinnabulating territory. Along with others including Derek Bailey, Marc Ribot, Roger Smith, John Russell, Keith Rowe and Fred Frith, Brighton is a significant if too rarely heard innovator in the world of guitar improvisation.

Key to Brighton's work is the too rarely heard characteristic of exploring the possibilities rather than the probabilities of the sounds of his instrument. And that, above all, is what makes this album important."Roger Farbey, All About Jazz






Related Categories of Interest:

In Stock, Not Yet Cataloged

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Septet recordings
London & UK Free Improvisation Scene
Guitarists, &c.
New in Improvised Music
Recent Releases and Best Sellers



Search for other titles on the Confront label.


Other Recommended Releases:
Sealed Knot, The
Trembling Shade
(Confront)
10tet (Akiyama / Kamura / Malfatti / Kinoshita / Okura / Veliotis / Unami / Koike / Filip / Sugimoto)
10tet
(Confront)
Cremaster & Sophie Agnel (Fages / Monteiro / Agnel)
Isotopic
(Confront)
Boghossian, Herve
F.E.R. (for Eliane Radigue)
(Confront)
Bohman, Adam / Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg
Bagpipes And Blackberries
(Confront)
Butcher, John / Michael Duch
Fjordgata
(Confront)
Social Insects (Koch / Badrut)
Social Insects II
(Confront)
Welch, Neil / Rutger Zuydervelt
Tides
(Confront)
Noble, Steve / Daniel Thompson
Sunday Afternoon (Live At The Hundred Years Gallery)
(Confront)
Wastell, Mark
Quartet
(Confront)
Bourne / Davis / Kane
Broken Light
(Confront)
Kahn, Jason
For Voice
(Confront)
Weeks, James
Mural
(Confront)
Valladoid, Paolo / Gary Rouzer
Directions for Viola and Cello
(Confront)



Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought:
Escreet, John (w/ Evan Parker / John Hebert / Tyshawn Sorey)
The Unknown (Live in Concert)
(Sunnyside Records)
Wire, The
#391 September 2016 [MAGAZINE]
(The Wire)
Dilloway, Aaron
Songs About Jason [VINYL 10-inch]
(Amethyst Sunset)
Curran, Alvin
Natural History [VINYL]
(Black Truffle)
Bay's Leap
Swans Over Dorking
(Citystream)
Stones Of Contention
Stones Of Contention
(Citystream)
Rammel, Hal
The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures [BOOK + 2 CDS]
(Penumbra)
Huy (Junji / Kazuhisa / Yoshida)
Huy
(Magaibutsu Limited)
World Heritage, The (Yamamoto Seiichi / Katsui Yuji / Kido Natsuki / Nasuno Mitsuru / Yoshida Tatsuya)
The Land of Light
(Magaibutsu)
Shimizu, Kazuto / Yoshida Tatsuya / Nasyuno Mitsuru
SYN LIVE
(Magaibutsu Limited)
Variable Geometry Orchestra
Quasar
(Creative Sources)
Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Hindi
Ur
(Creative Sources)
Price: $13.95
In Stock


Quantity:

Shipping Weight: 6.00 units

Quantity in Basket: None









Product Information:

Label: Confront
Catalog ID: ccs 62
Squidco Product Code: 21931

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: CD in a tin case
Track 4 recorded 2001.

Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 recorded 2013-2015.

Track 3 recorded 1986

Personnel:

Ian Brighton-guitar

Trevor Taylor

Frank Perry

Philipp Wachsmann

Marcio Mattos

Nicky Heinen

Paul Brighton

Highlight an artist name or instrument above
and click here to Search


Track Listing:

1. A Voice You Left Behind 12:32

2. Chasin Lol 4:06

3. 30 Years From Yesterday 6:21

4. Alive And Well 10:59

5. Percussion Discussion 10:30

6. Generations Apart 9:04

7. Going Home 4:25