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Intense and minimal electroacoustic improv from an incredible trio of saxophonist Gauguet, trumpeter Hautzinger, and analog synth player Lehn.

Gauguet / Hautzinger / Lehn
Close Up

Gauguet / Hautzinger / Lehn: Close Up (Monotype)
Label: Monotype    
Released in: Poland    

"If you want, you can book this trio. It says on the cover. It means that this is an ongoing affair for these solid improvisers. Thomas Lehn, the well-known player of analogue synthesizer, teams up with Franz Hautzinger (quartertone trumpet, electronic devices) and the person whom I think is new to me: Bertrand Gauguet on alto and soprano saxophones. The recordings were made in concert, one early 2007, one early 2008. As you can imagine this is a work of total improvisation, but its in capable hands. The three play very well, sometimes heavily controlled, such as a major section in 'Close Up 2', with long sustaining tones, but also more chaotic and uncontrolled - relying on the free jazz approach - in the two pieces around it. Hautzinger and Gauguet play the instruments as objects, producing all sorts of tones and notes and not in the regular way as these instruments should be played. That's nice enough but my personal favorite is that second piece. Slow, minimal, changing, moving and intense, with what seems to be a leading part for Lehn's synthesizer. In the third part this is continued but with outbursts of free play. That's a fine mixture too. The opening piece didn't do that for me. Quite nice indeed."-Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly

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Product Information:

Label: Monotype
Catalog ID: mono 024
Squidco Product Code: 11816

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Poland
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Theatre du Saulcy, Metz, France on January 26, 2007; and at Instants Chavires, Montreuil (France) February 13, 2008 by Thomas Lehn. Edited by Bertrand Gauguet. Mixed by Augustin Muller (with Bertrand Gauguet) in June & July 2008.


Bertrand Gauguet-Alto & Soprano Saxophones

Franz Hautzinger-Quartertone Trumpet, Electronic Devices

Thomas Lehn-Analogue Synthesizer

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Track Listing:

1. Close Up 11:54

2. Close Up 17:55

3. Close Up 26:17