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Lissack, Selwyn
Friendship Next of Kin

Lissack, Selwyn: Friendship Next of Kin (DMG ARC)
Label: DMG ARC    
Released in: USA    

Considered by many fans to be one of the rarest late '60s Euro/Brit avant jazz recordings, these sessions bring together such legendary players as Harry Miller, Mike Osborne and Louis Moholo in a free jazz outing that unites European, American and African players.

For this reissue on New York avant record store Downtown Music Gallery's own ARC label, Friendship Next of Kin is presented in two versions: an edited version which includes a drum solo excised from the original take (replayed here), and the album version without the solo.

"Recorded September 1969: London, England. The career of white South African Selwyn Lissack is a mysterious one. It is unclear when he left, but he was in England in the late '60's. He played in a group with Lol Coxhill; recorded Facets, his only album as a leader; and played on The Sun is Coming Up by Ric Colbeck (whatever happened to him?). He then gave up music and is now a well known sculptor, working mainly on holographic sculpture. This album has a stellar lineup, including alto flamethrower Mike Osborne and fellow South African Harry Miller. It also borrows two participants and the side-long track format of Kenneth Terroade's Love Rejoice (BYG/Actuel, 1969).

Free Jazz is best categorized geographically. Groups like the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and Iskra 1903 cast the mold that will forever be equated with improvisational music from the UK-sparse, understated and often quite tedious. However, this is definitely NOT what Facets of the Univers or its players are about. Players like the always-intense Mike Osborne, like Harry Miller, who could and did play just about everything with everybody, like Kenneth Terroade, who participated in the American expatriate free jazz scene in Paris that was well documented on the BYG Actuel series. The approach to extemporization is in fact closer to the Actuel model than one might expect. The brief march-like melody of the title track is merely a jumping off point for various solos, both unaccompanied, and in tandem with others. Lissack plays with an appealing sense of urgency, each line always rolling out towards the next phrase, keeping the music mobile. The piece ebbs and flows as three horns simultaneously ascend to frenzied peaks, then descend into near silence. The second piece Friendship Next Of Kin is more influenced by contemporary classical music in its sparseness. It does not disappoint in energy as the intensity rises steadily for the second half. It is perhaps only marred by some bizarre spoken word that is unfortunately common to this kind of music. The liner notes did not originally identify the piano player or speaker but it can be safely assumed that it is Earl Freeman [and passerby Louis Moholo provides some incidental percussion]." - Andrey Henkin, AMG

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Improvised Music
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
December 2006
London & UK Free Improvisation Scene
Septet recordings

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Product Information:

UPC: 808713070224

Label: DMG ARC
Catalog ID: DMG/ARC 702
Squidco Product Code: 7203

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded September 1969, London, UK. Originally released on the BYG associated 'Goody' label in France.


Mongezi Feza-pocket trumpet

Mike Osborne-alto sax

Kenneht Terroade-tenor sax, flute

Harry Miller-bass

Earl Freeman-bass, piano, voice

Selwyn Lissack-drums

Louis Moholo-incidental percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Friendship Next of Kin (An homage to Kenneth Teroades's "Love Rejoice")

2. Facts of the Universe

3. Friendship Next of Kin (original album version)

All compositions by S. Lissack