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Thomas / Minton / Tucker / Turner: Scatter (FMR)

The unusual Scatter group formed in the early 90s to perform live improvisation with a rich dynamic range, expressive depth, quicksilver reactions and a sly sense of humour.
 

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UPC: 649849982889

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 237
Squidco Product Code: 11991

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded in London.


Personnel:

Pat Thomas-keyboards

Phil Minton-voice

Dave Tucker-electric guitar, banjo

Roger Turner-drums

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track listing:


1. untitled 01 3:09

2. untitled 02 2:18

3. untitled 03 1:34

4. untitled 04 2:45

5. untitled 05 3:05

6. untitled 06 2:47

7. untitled 07 6:16

8. untitled 08 9:37

9. untitled 09 6:15

10. untitled 10 3:08

11. untitled 11 3:33

12. untitled 12 11:21
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"Scatter were originally formed by Oxford based keyboard player Pat Thomas in the early 90's and first performed at the China Pig Club in East London.

Other concerts around London & Oxford were also performed in the years since as well as an Arts Council tour of England.

In May 1999 Scatter were invited to perform at the "Uncool" Festival in Poschiavo, on the Swiss border with Italy. The Festival was a celebration of Cecil Taylor's 70th birthday.

The recordings on the CD are compiled from recording sessions in London with no overdubs and a minimum of editing. The sound the group makes is pure Improvisation. There is no discussion on what will be played. The kinetic energy of the four Improvisers display a rich dynamic range, expressive depth, quicksilver reactions and a sly sense of humour."-FMR


Artist Biographies:

"Born 27 July 1960; Piano, electronics. Pat Thomas started playing at the age of 8 and studied classical music and played reggae. He began playing jazz at sixteen after seeing Oscar Peterson on television then listened to snatches of jazz on the radio before, in 1979, playing his first serious improvised gigs. From 1986 he played with Ghosts which was Pete McPhail and Matt Lewis.

In addition to programming his keyboards, Pat Thomas also utilises prerecorded tapes. He told Chris Blackford (1991), 'As far as the tapes are concerned I'll probably just sit in front of the TV and tape whatever's going on and so some editing afterward to decide what might be useful. ...But I don't actually put a label on each tape saying what's on there, so when I come to use them I don't know what I'm going to be playing. That obviously prevents me from setting things up. I pick them at random and see what happens. So I'm just as surprised as anybody else at what comes out'.

In 1988 he was awarded an Arts Council Jazz Bursary to write three new electroacoustic compositions for his ten-piece ensemble, Monads: Roger Turner and Matt Lewis, percussion; Pete McPhail, WX7 wind synthesizer; Neil Palmer, turntables; Phil Minton, voice; Phil Durrant, violin; Marcio Mattos, bass; Jon Corbett, trumpet; Geoff Searle, drum machines. The intention was to feature different aspects of electronics using improvisation so, for example, one piece - Dialogue - featured Pete McPhail and Neil Palmer, another concentrated on the interaction of percussionists and drum machines, and a third piece had Phil Minton and Jon Corbett improvising with a computer. The pieces were performed at the Crawley Outside-In Festival of new music in 1989.

Pat Thomas was invited by Derek Bailey to play in Company Week in 1990 and 1991 and he also took part in the Ist International Symposium for Free Improvisation in Bremen with the guitarist. He has been a member of the Tony Oxley Quartet (documented on Incus CD 15) and played in Oxley's Angular Apron along with Larry Stabbins, Manfred Schoof and Sirone at the 8th Ruhr Jazz Meeting and in the percussionist's Celebration Orchestra. He plays with Lol Coxhill in a range of combinations from duo to being a member of 'Before my time', is a member of Mike Cooper's Continental Drift, and he has a well established duo with percussionist Mark Sanders and a trio with Steve Beresford and Francine Luce. In 1992 Pat Thomas formed the quartet Scatter with Phil Minton, Roger Turner and Dave Tucker; funded by the Arts Council they toured the UK in 1993 and again at the beginning of 1997.

On the 'Festival circuit', Pat Thomas has appeared at: the Young Improvisors Festival at the Korzo Theatre, Den Haag (with Jim O'Rourke, Mats Gustafsson and Alexander Frangenheim); Angelica 95 in Bologna, Italy; the Stuttgart 5th Festival of Improvised Music 96 (with Fred Frith, Shelly Hirsch, Carlos Zingaro and others); and the 3rd International Festival 96 in Budapest (with Evan Parker, Phil Minton, John Russell and Roger Turner).

-EFI (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mthomas.html)
12/13/2017

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"Phil Minton comes from Torquay. He played trumpet and sang with the Mike Westbrook Band in the early 60s- Then in dance and rock bands in Europe for the later of part of the decade. He returned to England in 1971, rejoining Westbrook and was involved in many of his projects until the mid 1980's.

For most of the last forty years, Minton has been working as a improvising singer in lots of groups, orchestras, and situations, all over the place. Numerous composers have written music especially for his extended vocal techniques. He has a quartet with Veryan Weston, Roger Turner and John Butcher, and ongoing duos, trios and quartets with above and many other musicians.

Since the eighties, His Feral Choir, where he voice-conducts workshops and concerts for anyone who wants to sing, has performed in over twenty countries."

-Phil Minton Website (https://www.philminton.co.uk/8-2/)
12/13/2017

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"Dave Tucker started performing in the Punk movement of the late 70's in Manchester. His first recorded release was 1978 with Mellatron. In the early 80's he was a member of "The Fall" touring as well as recording "Slates" and aJohn Peel sessions with the group. After this time he experimented with other music's and recorded film music. After moving to London in the mid - 80's he studied & performed with Phillip Wachsmann as well as playing with members of the London scene including Dudu Pukwana, Andy Sheppard, Nick Evans, Johnny Dyani & John Stevens as well as others. Was and still is a member of the Alan Tomlinson Trio from 1992 which toured Germany, Switzerland and Scandinavia. The trio also performed at many leading festivals at this time. Around this time he also performed with many leading International musicians including Keith Tippett, Otomo Yoshide, Charles Hayward, Barre Phillips, Dietmar Diesner & Lol Coxhill. Recently he toured California from which the PAX release is from. As well as a duo performance with Bill Roper at SIMF festivail in Seattle Febuary 2004 and performances in New York City with Lukas Ligeti He is a member of Pat Thomas' group Scatter (Phil Minton, Roger Turner) with whom he has performed at the Uncool 99 festival in Switzerland as well as recorded radio sessions for the BBC. He currently Performs in a Trio with Louis Moholo & Francine Luce., a duo with John Butcher , leads his own Quartet "School of Velocity" featuring, Evan Parker, John Edwards & Steve Noble and plays Guitar and conducts with the London Improvisers Orchestra & Winkhaus with LA performance artist Anna Homler & Adrian Northover and also has performed tours in the Czech Rebublic with the "Earthieves" He also produces dance music & soundtracks. Most recently comissioned to produce music or Channel four news He has had his first piece of written music performed at the 8th London New Wind festival."

-All About Jazz (https://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/davetucker)
12/13/2017

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"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))
12/13/2017

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Other Releases With These Artists:
Duthoit / Frangenheim / Turner
Light Air Still Gets Dark
(Creative Sources)
Thomas, Pat
The Elephant Clock of Al Jazari [VINYL]
(Otoroku)
Parker, Evan / Pat Thomas / John Russell / John Edwards / Alex Ward / Alison Blunt / Benedict Taylor / David Leahy / Kay Grant
Mopomoso Tour 2013 | Making Rooms [4 CD BOX SET]
(Weekertoft)
Turner, Roger / Satoh Masahiko / Otomo Yoshihide
Live at Hall Egg Farm
(Doubtmusic)
Turner, Roger / Otomo Yoshihide
Live at SuperDeluxe
(Doubtmusic)
WTTF Quartet (Wachsmann / Turner / Thomas / Frangenheim)
Berlin Kinesis
(Creative Sources)
Russell, John (with Phil Minton, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker, &c.)
With...
(Emanem)
Turner, Roger & Otomo Yoshihide
The Last Train
(Fataka)
Cooper, Lindsay
Rarities Volumes 1 & 2
(Recommended Records)
Thomas, Pat
NUR - solo piano 1999
(Emanem)
Burn / Coxhill / Edwards / Minton / Russell
Mopomoso Solos 2002
(Emanem)
Various Artists
The All Angels Concerts [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2001 - small groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Thomas / Lash / Sanders
Skip
(FMR)
Dunmall / Sanders / Thomas
Descent III
(FMR)
Wachsman / Thomas / Turner / Frangenheim
Gateway '97
(Creative Sources)
Musique Action #4 (Marclay / Jauniaux / Minton / Yoshihide / Parkins / Weston / Vatcher / Luc Ex)
Madame Luckerniddle - Tribute to Tom Cora
(Vand'Oeuvre)
Thomas, Pat
Al-Khwarizmi Variations
(Fataka)
Akchote / Foussat / Turner
Acid Rain
(Ayler)
Lazro, Daunik
Curare
(NoBusiness)
Lazro / Pauvros / Turner
Curare [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Beresford / Flinn / Tucker
Ink Room
(Creative Sources)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Lio Leo Leon
(psi)
Circuit
Pyro
(FMR)
Articles, The (Thomas / Gustafsson / Turner)
Goodbye Silence
(FMR)
Coxhill, Lol & Roger Turner
Success With Your Dog
(Emanem)
Thomas / Strid / Thomas
Wazifa
(psi)
Lapin / Poore / Schubert / Turner / Bledsoe
Seek it Not with Your Eyes
(Red Toucan)
Foussat, Jean-Marc
Nouvelles
(Potlatch)
Remote Viewers, The
Sinister Heights
(Remote Viewers)
Circuit: Electro-Acoustic Ensemble
Kitaoka
(FMR)
Mancini Project, The
Views of Mancini
(FMR)
Davies / Doneda / Martin / Minton / Patterson
Midhopestones
(Another Timbre)
Speak Easy (Wassermann / Minton / Lehn / Blume)
Backchats
(Creative Sources)
Toot (Axel Dorner / Thomas Lehn / Phil Minton)
two
(Another Timbre)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Improvisations for George Riste
(psi)
Koglmann, Franz
O Moon My Pin-Up
(Hatology)
Minton, Phil
No Doughnuts in Hand - 37 Solo Vocal Improvisations
(Emanem)
London & Glasgow Improvisers Orchestras
Separately & Together (Freedom of the City 2007)
(Emanem)
Furt plus
Equals
(psi)
Westbrook Orchestra, Mike
On Duke's Birthday
(Hatology)
Agnel, Sophie / Minton, Phil
Tasting
(Another Timbre)
fORCH
Spin Networks
(psi)
Minton Quartet, Phil
Slur
(Emanem)
Keith, Michael / Oswald, John / Turner, Roger
Number Nine
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City Festival 2005 [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Voices in the Wilderness: Dissenting Soundscapes and Songs of G.W.'s America
(PAX)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2004 - small groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Responses, Reproduction & Reality (freedom of the city 2003-4)
(Emanem)
Blonk, Jaap / Makagami Koichi / Paul Dutton / Phil Minton / David Moss
Five Men Singing
(Les Disques Victo)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City Festival 2003 - Small Groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Minton, Phil / Turner, Roger
Drainage
(Emanem)
Cooper, Lindsay
Rags / The Golddiggers
(Recommended Records)
Cooper, Lindsay
Oh Moscow
(Les Disques Victo)
N.O.R.M.A + Cutler, Chris
L'Arpa e L'Asino (The Harp and the Donkey)
(Recommended Records)
Rose, Jon
Brain Weather
(Recommended Records)
Chadbourne, Eugene
Jimi 2
(Chadula)
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Duthoit / Frangenheim / Turner
Light Air Still Gets Dark
(Creative Sources)
Parker, Evan / Pat Thomas / John Russell / John Edwards / Alex Ward / Alison Blunt / Benedict Taylor / David Leahy / Kay Grant
Mopomoso Tour 2013 | Making Rooms [4 CD BOX SET]
(Weekertoft)
Turner, Roger / Otomo Yoshihide
Live at SuperDeluxe
(Doubtmusic)
WTTF Quartet (Wachsmann / Turner / Thomas / Frangenheim)
Berlin Kinesis
(Creative Sources)
Russell, John (with Phil Minton, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker, &c.)
With...
(Emanem)
Cooper, Lindsay
Rarities Volumes 1 & 2
(Recommended Records)
Thomas, Pat
NUR - solo piano 1999
(Emanem)
Burn / Coxhill / Edwards / Minton / Russell
Mopomoso Solos 2002
(Emanem)
Various Artists
The All Angels Concerts [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)
Thomas, Pat
Al-Khwarizmi Variations
(Fataka)
Lazro, Daunik
Curare
(NoBusiness)
Lazro / Pauvros / Turner
Curare [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Beresford / Flinn / Tucker
Ink Room
(Creative Sources)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Lio Leo Leon
(psi)
Circuit
Pyro
(FMR)
Articles, The (Thomas / Gustafsson / Turner)
Goodbye Silence
(FMR)
Coxhill, Lol & Roger Turner
Success With Your Dog
(Emanem)
Thomas / Strid / Thomas
Wazifa
(psi)
Lapin / Poore / Schubert / Turner / Bledsoe
Seek it Not with Your Eyes
(Red Toucan)
Foussat, Jean-Marc
Nouvelles
(Potlatch)
Remote Viewers, The
Sinister Heights
(Remote Viewers)
Circuit: Electro-Acoustic Ensemble
Kitaoka
(FMR)
Mancini Project, The
Views of Mancini
(FMR)
Davies / Doneda / Martin / Minton / Patterson
Midhopestones
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