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Minton Quartet, Phil: Slur (Emanem)


 

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UPC: 5030243414024

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 4140
Squidco Product Code: 8015

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Digital studio recording by Steve Lowe at Phoenix Studio, Pinewood, near London, January 11, 2006.


Personnel:

Phil Minton-voice

John Butcher soprano & tenor saxophones

Veryan Weston-piano

Roger Turner-percussion

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track listing:


1. Almost There. 8:03

2. Lower Down. 10:03

3. Higher. 1:54

4. A Bit More. 9:37

5. Far Off. 8:31

6. Closer. 3:58

7. Back. 5:35

8. Length. 2:09




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Quartet Recordings

descriptions, reviews, &c.

This great set of improvisers have been working with each other for decades in various duo and group settings. This particular quartet was formed to perform Mouthfull Of Ecstasy on Victo, which presented instrumental and vocal impressions of James Joyce's 'Finnegans Wake'. According to Minton, he originally thought about singing the words, but then decided, 'what's the point?'...


Artist Biographies:

"Born in 1950, and moved from Cornwall to London in 1972 and began playing as a freelance jazz pianist as well as developing as an improviser at Little Theatre Club.


1975-85: Residency & fellowship for Digswell Arts Trust (Hertfordshire). Activities included:

Collaborations with visual artists (potter-Elizabeth Fritsch and fine artist Steve Cochrane).
Work on written theoretical material, commissioned by The Digswell Arts Trust.
Co-ordinating music workshops, supported by Eastern Arts Association.
Co-founded and composed for young local group - Stinky Winkles, voted 'Young Musician of 1979' by Greater London Arts Association and won first prizes in France, Spain and Poland.
Collaborations with Lol Coxhill, music for Derek Jarman Film. First released recordings.

Throughout 1980s and early 90s worked with Eddie Prévost Quartet, Trevor Watts' Moiré Music and Lol Coxhill and Phil Minton. Major festivals have included Zurich, Berlin, Nickelsdorf, Karlsruhr, Warsaw, Wroclaw, San Sebastian, Bombay, Vancouver, Nancy, Aukland, Nevers, Washington, Lille, Houston, Le Mans, Strasbourg, Bologna and Victoriaville.

Ensemble projects with Minton:

Duo - Ways, Ways Past, and....Past - diverse songs, originals & improvisation structures.
Songs from a Prison Diary - French commission for 25 singers with poems by Ho Chi Minh.
Naming the Animals -a quartet with Lianne Carol and Ian Shaw, words by Adrian Mitchell.
Mouthfull of ecstasy - with John Butcher, Roger Turner, texts from Joyce's Finnegans wake.
Makhno - for chamber choir commissioned by Taktlos Festival 1997.
4Walls - a quartet with songs and improvisations with Luc Ex and Michael Vatcher.


Other recent duo collaborations with:

Trevor Watts - improvisations with a feeling of form, where rhythm and melody sit comfortably with more abstract moments. A major current project.
Caroline Kraabel - duets that explore acoustic phenomena related to two instruments and how these sounds interact in specific acoustic spaces.
Jon Rose - improvisations using different acoustic keyboards and violins with selected tunings derived from science, history and the imagination.
Hugh Metcalfe - Films by Hugh, images of objects, animals, humans, holidays, journeys, unfold, transform, collide and provide the basis for accompanying duet improvisations.


Local activities:

(1995-6) playing in rhythm section for 'Changes' jazz club in North London with British jazz artists.
Awarded A4E National Lottery support to give series of workshops/concerts with John Edwards & Mark Sanders titled 'Playing Together' in East Anglia (1998).

Helped coordinate and arrange the Lindsay Cooper Song Project (1999). European festivals - Taktlos (Zurich), Angelica (Bologna, commissioned arrangement of "Oh Moscow" for orchestra), Moers (Germany) and Roccella Jonica (Italy)"

-Veryan Weston Website (http://veryanweston.weebly.com/biog--discog.html)
6/13/2017

"Roger Turner (born 1946, Whitstable, England) is an English jazz percussionist. He plays the drumset, drums, and various percussion, and was brought up into the jazz and visual art cultures inhabited by his older brothers, playing drums from childhood in informal jazz contexts.

Turner studied English literature and contemporary philosophy at Sussex University, playing with Chris Biscoe for the British Council in 1968, a first concert in improvisation. His move to London gave him contact with the first and second generation improvisers and he began to play primarily with Lol Coxhill, Gary Todd, John Russell, Hugh Davies, Steve Beresford, and Phil Minton.

In the years immediately after 1974 his work was primarily concentrated on opening the way to a more personal percussion language. This was also a period of intense collaborations that structured many of his future approaches to music-making and saw the formation of two long-lasting acoustic duos with Phil Minton and with John Russell. Recordings of these duos document an extreme attention to timbre and pitch, as well as a constantly shifting speed that typified much of his work at the time. The duo with Minton toured extensively throughout Europe, USA and Canada.

In 1979 he established CAW records with John Russell and Anthony Wood, and recorded the solo album The Blur Between focussing on single surface improvisations: a linear and reduced equipment approach he had started using with Carlos Zingaro and others in live performances.

In addition to forming Trump music with Gary Todd to promote improvised music in London, he also involved himself in formative activities of the London Musicians Collective during this period. He was awarded Arts Council of Great Britain bursaries for solo percussion in 1980, and in 1983 for investigation into percussion with electronics. Extensive festival and club solo work followed, including the Bracknell Jazz Festival and the Brussels Festival of Percussion.

In 1982 the trio The Recedents was formed with Lol Coxhill and Mike Cooper exploring the possibilities of electro-acoustic music, in which Turner initially played drumset and EMS Synthi A as a means of bending the sounds of various metal percussion instruments. This group, still existing, mixes song, jazz, punk/thrash, with acoustic detail in always shifting sonorities, and has worked throughout Europe, Canada and the UK, also recording for the French Nato label. Involvements with experimental rock musics and open-form song included extensive work in duo with Annette Peacock 1983-5, with whom he toured in Europe and Scandinavia. They recorded the album I have no feelings for Ironic.

In 1984-5, he was invited for workshop residences at Alan Silva's Institute Art Culture Perception in Paris, where long-term collaborations with Alan began, culminating in The Tradition Trio with Johannes Bauer. This group was central to his explorations of forms of free jazz, an interest that has seen him working with musicians on both sides of the Atlantic (including Elton Dean, Irene Schweizer, Cecil Taylor, Roy Campbell, Henry Grimes, The Wardrobe Trio and Charles Gayle).

Since the early 1980s his work has focussed on numerous projects with improvising musicians and groups, touring Europe, Australia, USA and Canada. Perhaps the most important of the later groups would be Konk Pack, formed in 1997, with Tim Hodgkinson and Thomas Lehn, a group whose use of volume and sense of detail continues the exploration of an electro-acoustic dynamic that forms one of his main musical concerns. This group has toured extensively in Europe and USA.

He forged working relationships with Japanese musicians over the years: in the 1980s with Toshinori Kondo in the trio with John Russell, but since the mid-1990s in concerts and recordings with guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi in Austria, Japan, and U.K, and in the recent (2009) Hana-Bi three-day event in London that included the guitarist and the pianist Chino Shuichi.

An active involvement in visual art has always been in dialogue with his music, and an inspiration for it. In the forefront of this is his work with Susan Turcot (the investigation/documentation of music and sound-drawing both in Europe and Canada-including the Being Rich box collection --, and music for her 2008 animation film Bitumen, Blood, and the Carbon Climb.

His music for dance/performance includes work with Alexander Frangenheim's Concepts of Doing, Stuttgart ; Carlos Zingaro's Encontros projects in Lisbon and Macau; and most recently in the Josef Nadj production etc.etc. (premiered Vandeouvre, France, 2008) and which is a continuing involvement.

In March 2009 he was invited to travel and perform on the Arctic island Svalbard, and was also invited to attend and play in the Comprovise event in Cologne, Germany in June 2009, set up to examine any possible relationship between improvisation and composition.

Turner's music-making with international improvisers in ad hoc and group collaborations have since the 1970s to the present day included Toshinori Kondo, Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, William Parker, Cecil Taylor, Otomo Yoshihide, Shelley Hirsch, Joelle Leandre, Keith Rowe, Ab Baars, Barry Guy, Barre Philips, Henry Grimes, Paul Rutherford, Gunter Christmann, Marilyn Crispell, Irene Schweizer, Frederik Rzewski, and Malcolm Goldstein."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Turner_(musician))
6/13/2017

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Weston, Veryan
Discoveries on Tracker Action Organs
(Emanem)
Turner, Roger / Satoh Masahiko / Otomo Yoshihide
Live at Hall Egg Farm
(Doubtmusic)
Turner, Roger / Otomo Yoshihide
Live at SuperDeluxe
(Doubtmusic)
Weston, Veryan / Trevor Watts
Dialogues with Ornette!
(FMR)
Weston, Veryan / Jon Rose / Hannah Marshall
Tuning Out [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Cabinet Trio, The (Gjerstad / Turner / Molstad)
Blood Samples
(FMR)
Turner, Roger & Otomo Yoshihide
The Last Train
(Fataka)
Watts / Weston / Sanders / Edwards
Hear Now: A Film by Mark French [DVD]
(FMR)
Weston, Veryan / Caroline Kraabel
Five Shadows
(Emanem)
Various Artists
The All Angels Concerts [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2002 - small groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2001 - small groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Musique Action #4 (Marclay / Jauniaux / Minton / Yoshihide / Parkins / Weston / Vatcher / Luc Ex)
Madame Luckerniddle - Tribute to Tom Cora
(Vand'Oeuvre)
Akchote / Foussat / Turner
Acid Rain
(Ayler)
Lazro, Daunik
Curare
(NoBusiness)
Watts, Trevor & Veryan Weston
5 More Dialogues
(Emanem)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Lio Leo Leon
(psi)
Articles, The (Thomas / Gustafsson / Turner)
Goodbye Silence
(FMR)
Coxhill, Lol & Roger Turner
Success With Your Dog
(Emanem)
Marsh, Tony
Stops
(psi)
Lapin / Poore / Schubert / Turner / Bledsoe
Seek it Not with Your Eyes
(Red Toucan)
Foussat, Jean-Marc
Nouvelles
(Potlatch)
Weston, Veryan
Allusions
(Emanem)
Coxhill, Lol
Coxhill On Ogun
(Ogun)
Caetitu (Gibson / Weston / Mattos / Blume)
Caetitu
(Emanem)
London & Glasgow Improvisers Orchestras
Separately & Together (Freedom of the City 2007)
(Emanem)
Trio Of Uncertainty
Unlocked
(Emanem)
Keith, Michael / Oswald, John / Turner, Roger
Number Nine
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City Festival 2005 [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Weston, Veryan / Edwards, John / Sanders, Mark
Gateway to Vienna [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Responses, Reproduction & Reality (freedom of the city 2003-4)
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City Festival 2003 - Small Groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Minton, Phil / Turner, Roger
Drainage
(Emanem)
Weston, Veryan
Tessellations for Lutheal Piano (2003)
(Emanem)
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Live at SuperDeluxe
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Weston, Veryan / Trevor Watts
Dialogues with Ornette!
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Cabinet Trio, The (Gjerstad / Turner / Molstad)
Blood Samples
(FMR)
Turner, Roger & Otomo Yoshihide
The Last Train
(Fataka)
Watts / Weston / Sanders / Edwards
Hear Now: A Film by Mark French [DVD]
(FMR)
Weston, Veryan / Caroline Kraabel
Five Shadows
(Emanem)
Various Artists
The All Angels Concerts [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2002 - small groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2001 - small groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Musique Action #4 (Marclay / Jauniaux / Minton / Yoshihide / Parkins / Weston / Vatcher / Luc Ex)
Madame Luckerniddle - Tribute to Tom Cora
(Vand'Oeuvre)
Lazro, Daunik
Curare
(NoBusiness)
Watts, Trevor & Veryan Weston
5 More Dialogues
(Emanem)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Lio Leo Leon
(psi)
Articles, The (Thomas / Gustafsson / Turner)
Goodbye Silence
(FMR)
Coxhill, Lol & Roger Turner
Success With Your Dog
(Emanem)
Marsh, Tony
Stops
(psi)
Lapin / Poore / Schubert / Turner / Bledsoe
Seek it Not with Your Eyes
(Red Toucan)
Foussat, Jean-Marc
Nouvelles
(Potlatch)
Weston, Veryan
Allusions
(Emanem)
Coxhill, Lol
Coxhill On Ogun
(Ogun)
Caetitu (Gibson / Weston / Mattos / Blume)
Caetitu
(Emanem)
London & Glasgow Improvisers Orchestras
Separately & Together (Freedom of the City 2007)
(Emanem)
Trio Of Uncertainty
Unlocked
(Emanem)
Keith, Michael / Oswald, John / Turner, Roger
Number Nine
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City Festival 2005 [2 CDs]
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Weston, Veryan / Edwards, John / Sanders, Mark
Gateway to Vienna [2 CDs]
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