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Decoy (Hawkins / Edwards / Noble): Vol. 1: Spiri (Bo Weavil Recordings)

This UK trio uses the distorted edges of the Hammond Organ to knock the socks off of conventional organ jazz in riveting and downright terrifying approaches to free improvisation.
 

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UPC: 5051078916125

Label: Bo Weavil Recordings
Catalog ID: WEAVIL 040CD
Squidco Product Code: 12640

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded by Anna Tjan at Eastcore Studios, London on March 20, 2009.


Personnel:

Alexander Hawkins-Hammond C3 organ

John Edwards-doublebass

Steve Noble-drums, cymbals

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track listing:


1. Outside In 5:42

2. Who's Who 2:46

3. Decoy 10:35

4. Episode No. 69 9:42

5. Native Origins 14:12

6. Shadows 4:39




Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Jazz
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Piano & Keyboards
London & UK Free Improvisation Scene
Trio Recordings

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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"The disturbing, distorted Hammond organ sound is a natural fit for a free jazz combo. With a pedigree including low-cost church pipe organ substitute, novelty instrument (vide Walt Disney's Blame It On The Samba, part of his 1948 animated film Melody Time, where a Carmen Mirandered Ethel Smith plays a Hammond as it's blown to bits by 'toon Aracuan) and jazz cool tool bar none courtesy of Smiths - Jimmy and Dr Lonnie - McGriff, Patton, Young et al, the B3 and Leslie cabinet's overblown bastard tones one minute toying, the next destroying, were made to play the freedom sound.

Ra did it (free jazz funk on Lanquidity, 1978) but the Hammond has been over-looked by the improv community. Which is a surprise as it combines huge tonal potential with visceral attack, speed of articulation and sheer presence and volume that, when geared to a powerhouse drum 'n bass combo (as here), creates compelling, reality-jarring music. Alexander Hawkins has a pipe organ background (which is the ideal grounding for the Hammond - you can hear his churchy tones during this album's playout) and exploits the potential of the C3 to the full - pulls out all the stops, in fact. From the interstellar sounds of the opening Outside In and slick be-bopisms of Decoy to some fine spine-juddering scronches interspersed in Shadows.

Rhythm team Noble and Edwards never let it rest (of course), interjecting - injecting, imposing, prompting, inspiring, kick-assing and generally motoring along in fine style. It takes great players at the top of their game to play solo and rhythm at one and the same time without compromising either role and Noble and Edwards together are able to effectively lock down a groove while using their own instruments (Noble's cymbal work, Edwards bowing) to counterpoint Hawkins' organ's additive waveform synthesis, almost becoming tone generators themselves, so at times the three fuse in one, augmented, Hammond."-Bo Weavil


Artist Biographies:

"Alexander Hawkins is a composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader who is 'unlike anything else in modern creative music' (Ni Kantu) and whose recent work has reached a 'dazzling new apex' (Downbeat). A largely self-taught improviser, he works in a vast array of creative contexts. His own highly distinctive soundworld is forged through the search to reconcile both his love of free improvisation and profound fascination with composition and structure. In 2012, he was chosen as a member of the first edition of the London Symphony Orchestra's 'Soundhub' scheme for young composers. He also received a major BBC commission in late 2012 for a fifty minute composition: One Tree Found was first performed and broadcast in March 2013, and was subsequently performed and broadcast for the WDR in Cologne (2014). He has also twice been commissioned by the London Jazz Festival (once as composer, once as an arranger), and by the Cheltenham Jazz Festival (2016).

An in-demand sideman, Hawkins continues to be heard live and on record with vast array of contemporary leaders of all generations, including the likes of Evan Parker, John Surman, Joe McPhee, Mulatu Astatke, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Marshall Allen, Rob Mazurek, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Harris Eisenstadt, amongst many others. He has also been noted in recent years for his performances in the bands of legendary South African drummer, Louis Moholo-Moholo. Concert appearances have taken him to club, concert and festival stages worldwide."

-Alexander Hawkins Website (http://www.alexanderhawkinsmusic.com/biographyimages.html)
6/13/2017

"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)
6/13/2017

"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)
6/13/2017

Other Releases With These Artists:
Konstrukt & Alexander Hawkins
Live at Cafe OTO [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Holidays Records)
Dunmall / Edwards / Noble / Sanders
Go Straight Around The Square
(FMR)
Runcible Quintet, The (featuring John Edwards / Neil Metcalfe)
Five
(FMR)
Parker, Evan / John Edwards / Steve Noble
PEN
(Dropa Disc)
Berthling, Johan / Martin Kuchen / Steve Noble
Threnody, At The Gates [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
Berthling, Johan / Martin Kuchen / Steve Noble
Threnody, At The Gates
(Trost Records)
Saint Francis Duo
Los Bordes De Las Respuestas [VINYL]
(Dropa Disc)
Remote Viewers, The
No Voice From The Hall
(Remote Viewers)
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)
Noble, Steve / Kristoffer Berre Alberts
Coldest Second Yesterdays
(Clean Feed)
Brotzmann, Peter / Steve Noble / John Edwards
The Worse The Better
(Otoroku)
Hawkins, Alexander / Evan Parker
Leaps in Leicester
(Clean Feed)
Kjaer, Julie 3 (Kjaer / Edwards / Noble)
Dobbeltgaenger
(Clean Feed)
Lexer, Sebastian / Steve Noble
Muddy Ditch
(Fataka)
St. Francis Duo (Stephen O'Malley / Steve Noble)
Peacemaker Assembly [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
St. Francis Duo (Stephen O'Malley / Steve Noble)
Peacemaker Assembly
(Trost Records)
Dunmall, Paul / John Edwards / Tony Marsh
To Be Real
(FMR)
Carrier, Francois / Steve Beresford / John Edwards / Michel Lambert
OUTgoing
(FMR)
Remote Viewers, The
November Sky
(Remote Viewers)
Dikeman Noble Serries Trio
Obscure Fluctuations
(Trost Records)
Noble, Steve / Daniel Thompson
Sunday Afternoon (Live At The Hundred Years Gallery)
(Confront)
Catchpole / Edwards / Prevost
Beyond the Barrier
(Matchless)
Kuchen, Martin / Johan Berthling / Steve Noble
Night In Europe
(NoBusiness)
Russell, John (with Phil Minton, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker, &c.)
With...
(Emanem)
Convergence Quartet (Taylor Ho Bynum / Alexander Hawkins / Dominic Lash / Harris Eisenstadt)
Owl Jacket [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Keune, Stefan / Dominic Lash / Steve Noble
Fractions [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Brotzmann / Edwards / Noble
Soulfood Available
(Clean Feed)
Remote Viewers, The
Pitfall
(Remote Viewers)
Dumitrescu, Iancu / Ana-Maria Avram
Paris-London (III), Spectrum XXI Festival
(Edition Modern)
Moholo-Moholo, Louis Quartet (Hawkins / Edwards / Yarde)
4 Blokes
(Ogun)
Decoy with Joe Mcphee
Spontaneous Combustion [2 CDs]
(Otoroku)
Edwards / Sanders / Tilbury
A Field Perpetually At The Edge Of Disorder
(Fataka)
Moholo-Moholo, Louis Unit
For the Blue Notes
(Ogun)
Brotzmann / Adasiewicz / Edwards / Noble
Mental Shake
(Otoroku)
Yoshihide, Otomo / Sachiko M / Evan Parker / John Edwards / Tony Marsh / John Butcher
Quintet/Sextet/Duos
(Otoroku)
N.E.W. (Noble / Edwards / Ward)
Motion [VINYL]
(Dancing Wayang)
Watts / Weston / Sanders / Edwards
Hear Now: A Film by Mark French [DVD]
(FMR)
Parker, Evan / John Edwards / Mark Sanders
The Two Seasons
(Emanem)
Burn / Coxhill / Edwards / Minton / Russell
Mopomoso Solos 2002
(Emanem)
Lovens, Paul / Paul Hubweber / John Edwards
Papajo
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2001 - small groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Remote Viewers, The
Crimeways
(Remote Viewers)
SFQ (Simon Fell Quartet)
Four Compositions [2 CDs]
(Red Toucan)
Convergence Quartet, The
Slow and Steady
(NoBusiness)
Edwards, John / Okkyung Lee
White Cable, Black Wires
(Fataka)
Hawkins, Alexander & Louis Moholo-Moholo
Keep Your Heart Straight
(Ogun)
Dunietz / Edwards / Noble
Cousin It
(Hopscotch Records)
Remote Viewers, The
City of Nets
(Remote Viewers)
Malcolm, Nick Quartet
Glimmers
(FMR)
Black Music Disaster

(Thirsty Ear)
Brotzmann, Peter / Steve Noble / John Edwards
The Worse The Better: Live at Cafe OTO, January 2010 [VINYL REPRESS]
(Otoroku)
Irvine Ensemble, Brian With Paul Dunmall / BBC Concert Orchestra
Montana Strange: The Music Of Brian Irvine
(FMR)
Remote Viewers, The
Nerve Cure
(Remote Viewers)
Remote Viewers, The
To The North
(Remote Viewers)
Decoy & Joe McPhee
Oto
(Bo Weavil Recordings)
Convergence Quartet (Bynum / Einsenstadt / Hawkins / Lash)
Song / Dance
(Clean Feed)
Takase, Aki
A Week Went By
(psi)
Remote Viewers, The
Sinister Heights
(Remote Viewers)
Weightless (Butcher / Edwards / Spera / Braida)
A Brush with Dignity
(Clean Feed)
Mancini Project, The
Views of Mancini
(FMR)
Chant / Davies / Drew / Edwards
Decentred
(Another Timbre)
Moholo-Moholo, Louis Unit
An Open Letter to My Wife Mpumi
(Ogun)
Fernandez, Agusti
Un Llamp Que No S'acaba Mai
(psi)
Edwards, John
Volume
(psi)
Barkingside (Ward / Hawkins / Lash / May)

(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City Festival 2005 [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Parker Octet, Evan
Crossing the River
(psi)
Free Base (Wilkinson / Mattos / Noble)
The Ins and Outs
(Emanem)
Weston, Veryan / Edwards, John / Sanders, Mark
Gateway to Vienna [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Responses, Reproduction & Reality (freedom of the city 2003-4)
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Free Zone Appleby 2003
(psi)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City Festival 2003 - Small Groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Butcher, John / John Edwards
Optic
(Emanem)
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Dunmall / Edwards / Noble / Sanders
Go Straight Around The Square
(FMR)
Runcible Quintet, The (featuring John Edwards / Neil Metcalfe)
Five
(FMR)
Parker, Evan / John Edwards / Steve Noble
PEN
(Dropa Disc)
Berthling, Johan / Martin Kuchen / Steve Noble
Threnody, At The Gates [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
Berthling, Johan / Martin Kuchen / Steve Noble
Threnody, At The Gates
(Trost Records)
Saint Francis Duo
Los Bordes De Las Respuestas [VINYL]
(Dropa Disc)
Remote Viewers, The
No Voice From The Hall
(Remote Viewers)
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)
Noble, Steve / Kristoffer Berre Alberts
Coldest Second Yesterdays
(Clean Feed)
Brotzmann, Peter / Steve Noble / John Edwards
The Worse The Better
(Otoroku)
Kjaer, Julie 3 (Kjaer / Edwards / Noble)
Dobbeltgaenger
(Clean Feed)
Lexer, Sebastian / Steve Noble
Muddy Ditch
(Fataka)
St. Francis Duo (Stephen O'Malley / Steve Noble)
Peacemaker Assembly [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
St. Francis Duo (Stephen O'Malley / Steve Noble)
Peacemaker Assembly
(Trost Records)
Dunmall, Paul / John Edwards / Tony Marsh
To Be Real
(FMR)
Carrier, Francois / Steve Beresford / John Edwards / Michel Lambert
OUTgoing
(FMR)
Remote Viewers, The
November Sky
(Remote Viewers)
Dikeman Noble Serries Trio
Obscure Fluctuations
(Trost Records)
Noble, Steve / Daniel Thompson
Sunday Afternoon (Live At The Hundred Years Gallery)
(Confront)
Catchpole / Edwards / Prevost
Beyond the Barrier
(Matchless)
Kuchen, Martin / Johan Berthling / Steve Noble
Night In Europe
(NoBusiness)
Russell, John (with Phil Minton, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker, &c.)
With...
(Emanem)
Convergence Quartet (Taylor Ho Bynum / Alexander Hawkins / Dominic Lash / Harris Eisenstadt)
Owl Jacket [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Remote Viewers, The
Pitfall
(Remote Viewers)
Dumitrescu, Iancu / Ana-Maria Avram
Paris-London (III), Spectrum XXI Festival
(Edition Modern)
Moholo-Moholo, Louis Quartet (Hawkins / Edwards / Yarde)
4 Blokes
(Ogun)

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