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Davies / Hayward / Eckhardt / Capece

Davies / Hayward / Eckhardt / Capece: Amber (Creative Sources)
Label: Creative Sources    
Released in: Portugal    

"Finally, one of the strongest, most beguiling releases of this batch is Amber (CS031). A wickedly good quartet - Rhodri Davies (harp), Robin Hayward (tuba), Julia Eckhardt (viola), and Lucio Capecce (soprano saxophone, bass clarinet) - deliver two rich improvisations, recorded in April 2004 in Berlin. Four acoustic instruments are reduced to their granular essence, and these instrumentalists reconstruct sound through their expert, knowing use of breath and articulation. The huge round sound from Hayward's tuba, the gentle hiss and release from lightly bowed strings or reedwork, and the always unpredictable Davies work in concert to create a singular sound. Whether bowed, breathed, plucked, or struck, the instruments slowly merge into one another to produce a rich palette where tones blend, colors combine, and shapes shift. What's even better is the way in which the quartet frequently achieves - through exactly this kind of blending - a sound that is very close to electronic music, with nuances of feedback, sine tones, and so forth (I suspect Davies may be using an Ebow here). In general the mood is very still and quiet, so that the few passages of raucousness and aggression have more power. One of the better discs I've heard so far this year.Taken together, this septet of discs is worthy not just for their quality but also for their documentation of this music (and some of its lesser known players). Rodrigues already has a new batch out. In the meantime, however, don't miss out on some of these gems."-Jason Bivins (Bagatellen)

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Product Information:

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: CS031
Squidco Product Code: 4990

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2005
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on April 2004 in Berlin


Rhodri Davies harp

Robin Hayward tuba

Julia Eckhardt viola

Lucio Capece soprano saxophone, bass clarinet

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