UK's Remote Viewers latest blends electronics, rock, composition and improv in unusual and seductive ways, with guests John Edwards, Steve Noble, Caroline Kraabel, &c.
Label: Remote Viewers
Catalog ID: RV6/7
Squidco Product Code: 12141
Format: 2 CDs
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock Foldover in a clear vinyl sleeve
Recorded in London 2007
Adrian Northover-soprano saxophones, alto saxophones, electronics, mbira
David Petts-tenor saxophone, electronics
Susan Lynch-tenor saxophone, flute
John Edwards-double bass (1, 3, 8, 10, 13, 14)
Steve Noble-drums (4)
Adam Bohman-amplified objects (9, 11, 14)
Caroline Kraabel-alto saxophone (12, 18)
Dave Tucker-guitar, drum programming (1, 3)
Phil Marks-drums (2, 6)
Eardrum-percussion ensemble (5)
Darren Tate-electronics (1, 5, 11, 18)
Ken Butcher-baritone saxophone (2)
Rosa Lynch-Northover, xylophone (7)
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1. Souls and Cities 4:49
2. Joe Narcissus and The Girl 3:22
3. Sinister Heights 6:59
4. Fire Rhythm 6:04
5. Terminal City 6:37
6. Villages Drowned by the Sea 6:34
7. Vixenville 2:47
8. An Absence of Windows 4:32
9. Black Thoughts in a Black Mood 10:27
1. Spring Flood 6:36
2. Personal Hour 5:50
3. No More Adventures, No More Perfect Moments 7:07
4. The Crowd Accuses 5:33
5. Headstone in Love 4:49
6. The Land of the Blind 6:06
7. And then the Moors Came 4:07
8. The Faint Green of Ice (for 6 soprano saxes) 3:51
9. Between Certainties 10:44
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sample the album:
"Walking jazz bass; dub depths; squawky brass from the Bristol funk-punk school; Miles Davis's cosmic electronica; squally free-jazz sax; scratchy guitar recalling King Crimson's no wave period; and a second CD of precisely arranged horns. This 14-strong British collective's eighth album - a demanding double - buzzes with apparently incompatible elements. For some, the fact that the Remote Viewers include former members of Rip Rig and Panic, God, the Fall, Morphogenesis and Evan Parker's trio will be enough. Sinister Heights offers a cram course in much of the music that mattered in the past 40 years."-Stewart Lee, Times Online
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UK saxophonist David Petts is the leader and composer of The Remote Viewers, releasing 15 albums since 1999.3/23/2017
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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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"Steve Noble is London's leading drummer, a fearless and constantly inventive improviser whose super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed playing has galvanized encounters with Derek Bailey, Matthew Shipp, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Stephen O'Malley, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Rhodri Davies and many, many more.
In the early eighties, Noble played with the Nigerian master drummer Elkan Ogunde, Rip Rig and Panic, Brion Gysin and the Bow Gamelan Ensemble, before going on to work with the pianist Alex Maguire and with Derek Bailey (including Company Weeks 1987, 89 and 90). He was featured in the Bailey's excellent TV series on Improvisation for Channel 4 based on his book 'Improvisation; its nature and practise'. He has toured and performed throughout Europe, Africa and America and currently leads the groups N.E.W (with John Edwards and Alex Ward) and DECOY (with John Edwards and Alexander Hawkins)."-https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/artists/steve-noble/ (Cafe Oto Website)
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"Caroline Kraabel (born 1961 in Torrance, California) is a London-based American composer, improviser and saxophonist. She is known for her research into the implications of electricity related to recording, synthesis and amplification.
After living in Seattle, Kraabel moved to London while in her teenage years, at the end of the punk era. There she took up the saxophone and became active in London's improvised music scene, eventually developing a style based on the physicality of the instrument, extended techniques and acoustics. She has performed solo and collaborated with John Edwards, Veryan Weston, Charlotte Hug, Maggie Nicols, Phil Hargreaves, and the London Improvisors Orchestra among others. She has also organized and conducted pieces for Mass Producers-a 20-piece, all-female saxophone/voice orchestra and for Saxophone Experimentals in Space-a 55-piece group of young saxophonists, as well as with her two children during walks through the streets of London.
Recordings include Transitions with Maggie Nichols and Charlotte Hug, Five Shadows with Veryan Weston, Performances for Large Saxophone Ensemble 1 and 2 and Performances for Large Saxophone Ensemble 3 and 4 with Mass Producers and a solo work Now We Are One Two.
Caroline Kraabel has been hosting a weekly radio show on London's Resonance FM and is the editor for the London Musicians Collective's magazine Resonance."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Kraabel)
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