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The duo of percussionist Gerry Hemingway and guitarist Terrence McManus in seven absorbing improvisations on rhythm, melody, harmony, and sonic exposition.

McManus, Terrence / Gerry Hemingway
Below the Surface Of

McManus, Terrence / Gerry Hemingway: Below the Surface Of (Auricle)
Label: Auricle    
Released in: USA    

The last few releases on Gerry Hemingway's Auricle Records have presented duos of brilliant percussionist and drummer with an impressive list of artists from a wide cross-section of improvisational specialization. With Thomas Lehn, with John Butcher, with Jin Hi Kim, and with Ellery Eskelin.

On this release Hemingway plays Terrence McManus on electric guitar and nylon string stereo guitar. NY Metropolitan area based, McManus is part of the Gerry Hemingway Quintet, along with the Kermit Driscoll Group and the Herb Robertson Ensemble. He's performed with a huge list of heavyweights including John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Tim Berne, Marty Ehrlich, Mark Helias, &c.

For this release Hemingway and McManus recorded 7 improvisations in the studio, each an extended improvisation on rhythm, melody, harmony, and sonic exposition. There's a lightness to the touch in the most complex interactions, and the two work together as a single unit, presenting compelling and creative music on the instant, as only two masters can.

"Gerry Hemingway has led a number of quartet and quintets since the mid 1980's. In addition he has been a member of a wide array of long standing collaborative groups including Brew with Reggie Workman and Miya Masaoka, the GRH trio with Georg Graewe and Ernst Reijseger, the WHO trio with Michel Wintsch and Bänz Oester, as well as numerous duo projects with Thomas Lehn, John Butcher, Ellery Eskelin, Marilyn Crispell, and others. Mr. Hemingway is a Guggenheim fellow and has received numerous commissions for chamber and orchestral works as well as being noted for his innovative and multifaceted work as a solo performer which began in 1974. He was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet between 1983 and 1994 and is also well known for his collaborations with some of the world's most outstanding improvisers and composers including Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, Derek Bailey, Leo Smith and many others. He currently lives in Switzerland having joined the faculty of the Hochschule Luzern in 2009."

-Gerry Hemingway Website (

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Product Information:

Label: Auricle
Catalog ID: AUR 9
Squidco Product Code: 13886

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on August 22nd, 2008 in Plainsboro, NJ by Gerry Hemingway.


Terrence Mcmanus-electric guitar, nylon string stereo guitar

Gerry Hemingway-drums, percussion, voice

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Track Listing:

1. The Night Ocean 11:06

2. The Constants 5:11

3. The Glass Lake 6:48

4. The Rush To Get There 6:07

5. The Dry Land 8:48

6. The Disturbance 11:25

7. The Amber Field 10:44