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Music for the 1971 film by Michael Grigsby and performed by the trio of Paul Rutherford (trombone), Derek Bailey (guitar) and Barry Guy (double bass), a fascinating and distinctive set, more restrained and gentle than their live performances from that time.

Iskra 1903
Buzz Soundtrack

Iskra 1903: Buzz Soundtrack (Emanem)

Label: Emanem    
Released in: Great Britain    

"In his liner notes, label owner Martin Davidson qualifies Buzz Soundtrack as a "long forgotten surprise" and warns the listener "this is not a typical Iskra 1903 session." Paul Rutherford, Derek Bailey, and Barry Guy formed their trio in 1970. They recorded this music for a film by Michael Grigsby that came out in 1971. The tapes, completely forgotten, were found at the turn of the century, cleaned up, and released by Emanem in early 2002.

The group indeed sounds different than on Chapter One (1970-1972), a lot more moody and introspective, with strains of jazz weaving in and out (Rutherford is clearly working out a theme in "Buzz Trio 4"). The resulting music actually feels very similar in spirit and context to another Emanem archival release, the Spontaneous Music Ensemble's Withdrawal soundtrack CD. Listeners find the same ghostly contours, the same desire to provide an atmosphere while setting the music on its own non-decorative course.

Gaps between pieces had to be set to a minimum interval to fit all the music on one CD, thus creating an artificial semi-seguing suite, but it works very well that way. Each of the 21 short tracks (only a couple go over six minutes) adds another hue to the soft palette. A recurring sequence of trios and bass, trombone, and guitar solos (always in that order) gives this album the scope of a full-fledged studio project. The sound quality is quite good considering the age of the tapes, making this a recommended CD [...]"-François Couture.

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Product Information:

UPC: 5030243406623

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 4066
Squidco Product Code: 8368

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2002
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Case
Analog studio recording - London 1970 or 1971.


Barry Guy-double bass

Derek Bailey-guitar

Paul Rutherford-trombone

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Track Listing:

1. Buzz Trio 1 10:37

2. Buzz Trio 2 2:02

3. Buzz Trio 3 3:58

4. Buzz Trio 4 5:16

5. Bass And Trombone 1:34

6. Trombone And Guitar 1:11

7. Guitar And Bass 1:59

8. Bass Solo 1 2:09

9. Trombone Solo 1 1:20

10. Guitar Solo 1 3:13

11. Buzz Trio 5 8:00

12. Bass Solo 2 3:47

13. Trombone Solo 2 2:07

14. Guitar Solo 2 4:04

15. Buzz Trio 6 6:36

16. Buzz Trio 7 3:10

17. Buzz Trio 8 5:55

18. Buzz Trio 9 4:50

19. Bass Solo 3 2:31

20. Trombone Solo 3 1:57

21. Guitar Solo 3 2:56