UK European free improv in-demand double bassist John Edwards in what is surprisingly his first solo album, recorded by John Wall at his Utterspalm studio.
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Catalog ID: 08.09
Squidco Product Code: 10878
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded and edited by John Wall at Uterpsalm Studio, London, January 24, 2008
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1. Matter 7:27
2. Pin Drop 7:02
3. Sprung 8:45
4. Saddles 5:33
5. Tunnel 7:33
6. Half Full 4:08
7. Battery 1:56
8. From the Depths 3:25
9. Meshes 7:40
EMANEM & psi
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
London & UK Improv & Related Scenes
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"The first solo CD by John Edwards, increasingly recognized as one of the most significant players of his generation. Recorded in splendid detail by John Wall, these nine tracks are a very fresh take on the possibilities of unamplified double bass playing, making it a major entry in the solo bass literature. 'This solo recording is an unusual and rare offering that comes from a musician who performs every day, every week, and appears on over 100 records. It's a selection of sounds, melodies, and gestures from this characteristic spectrum, combined with behaviors belonging to a virtuoso, and with those that can only be learned from persistent jig sawing or by illuminating and fusing all user manuals.' (From the notes by Marek Tuszynski.)"-psi
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"After taking up the bass, around 1987, John Edwards co-formed The Pointy Birds who went on to win awards for their music for The Cholmondeleys and Featherstonehaughs dance troupes. The group appeared at festivals in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Moers, Leverkusen, Copenhagen. Around 1990, Edwards played his first gigs with London improvisers such as Roger Turner, Lol Coxhill, Maggie Nicols, Phil Minton.
Between 1990 and 1995 Edwards was a member of three touring groups simultaneously: B-Shops For The Poor, The Honkies and GOD. During this period he also became an increasingly regular player on the London improvised music scene and performed his first solo gigs; he composed and performed music theatre with the bass and cello duo The Great Explorers, street-busked a lot and appeared at many more festivals in Germany, Estonia, France, Italy, Czech, etc.
Since 1995 John Edwards has become a "mainstay" of the London scene, playing with just about everybody, an activity that has seen him clocking up between 150 and 200 gigs a year. He has become regular player with Evan Parker, in many groupings, and with Tony Bevan, Veryan Weston, and Elton Dean, often in collaboration with Mark Sanders on percussion. He has become a more frequent player on the European (and festival) scene, appearing at Taktlos, Ulrichsburg, Nickelsdorf, Budapest, New Zealand and in the USA. He continues to work on solo performances."-EFI (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/musician/medwards.html)
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