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The debut album by the British Improvised Music trio Bay's Leap of clarinetist Noel Taylor, pianist Clare Simmonds and cellist James Barralet, presenting 11 spontaneously improvised compositions that bridge avant jazz and contemporary classical chamber music.

Bay's Leap
Swans Over Dorking

Bay's Leap: Swans Over Dorking (Citystream)

Label: Citystream    
Released in: Great Britain    

"This is the debut album by the British Improvised Music trio Bay's Leap comprising of clarinetist Noel Taylor, pianist Clare Simmonds and cellist James Barralet. Together they present eleven pieces, all of which are spontaneous improvised compositions by the trio members. The music, although improvised, sounds mostly like contemporary Classical chamber music, but obviously presents also elements of avant garde on one hand and melodic substance on the other hand.

Listeners familiar with earlier work by Taylor will recognize the ambience of classical sounding Improvised Music, which he presented on his earlier recordings with Splatter. The intimate setting of an acoustic trio suits this music perfectly, with each note and the silence between the notes being equally important. The level of interplay between the musicians is truly amazing and often it is difficult to believe that this music was spontaneously created, as it sounds remarkably well coordinated.

The trio members toss the ideas between themselves with collective improvisations changing into personal solo parts being "accompanied" by the others; all this is a blink of an eye. Improvised music is often harsh and chaotic, making it almost impossible to be listened to by listeners with no experience with the avant garde. The beauty of this music is, among other things, its accessibility to a relatively wide audience, without any compromise as to its aesthetic and artistic valor.

It is good to see that the British tradition of Improvised Music is alive and kicking in spite of the harsh conditions surrounding creativity and individualism. I can only recommend this wonderful album to all true music connoisseurs, regardless of their default musical inclinations. This music is able to penetrate the barriers of unfamiliarity and outlandishness by sheer power of its beauty and unadulterated ingenuity. Well done indeed!"-Adam Baruch

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Product Information:

UPC: 190394439620

Label: Citystream
Catalog ID: CTYCD00108
Squidco Product Code: 22343

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold

Clare Simmonds-piano

James Barralet-cello

Noel Taylor-clarinet, bass clarinet

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Track Listing:

1. The Fading Light 4:30

2. Worker's Playtime 1:32

3. Chasing Shadows 2:13

4. Bate's Motel 4:58

5. Hanky Panky 2:52

6. Swans Over Dorking 7:39

7. Two Minus One Equals Three 2:51

8. Shepherds' Quadrille 7:19

9. Angula Logic 4:17

10. Sugar Twist 2:40

11. Not Drowning But Waving 2:07

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