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The London improvising scene duo of vocalist Kay Grant, a former Downtown NY artists, and clarinetist Alex Ward, have been playing together for decades, here recorded in four live performances and a studio session.

Grant, Kay & Alex Ward
Fast Talk

Grant, Kay & Alex Ward: Fast Talk (Emanem)
Label: Emanem    
Released in: Great Britain    

"Singer Kay Grant left the Downtown New York scene some twenty years ago and crossed the Atlantic. Around the same time, schoolboy clarinettist Alex Ward donned long trousers and played in public with Derek Bailey. Since then, they have both been vital members of the London improvising scene, as these duo improvisations - recorded at four recent gigs and one studio session - attest. (Three of the ten pieces also involve live electronic vocal processing.)"

"The English weather flickers across the garden, like a speeded up film. Inside, in high ceilinged rooms, in a big house coming alive, a clarinet and voice, two air columns flavoured with memories and lung, converse. The clarinet has just come back from New York. The voice has been distilling red petals for their essence. They have a lot to say to each other but the dangerous love they share for the liberation of animals breaks through. Out of the bag the creatures jabber excitedly, as they play across the bare wooden floor and Persian rugs."-Zolan Quobble (2011)

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Product Information:

UPC: 5030243502127

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 5021
Squidco Product Code: 15428

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Tracks 1-4 recorded at Vortex Sound Club on June 20th, 2010. Track 5 recorded at Salisbury Hotel on February 15th, 2008. Tracks 6-7 recorded at The Yacht Club on December 15th, 2008. Track 8 recorded at Bar&Co on June 15th, 2009. Tracks 9-10 recorded at The Audio Ward on April 20th, 2011. Recorded by Martin Davidson, Kay Grant, and Alex Ward.


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Track Listing:

1. May I have this Dance 5:12

2. And Another Thing 7:32

3. Consider the Alternative 4:07

4. Wood for Trees 4:43

5. Salisbury Blues 7:15

6. You Don't Say 5:46

7. Thin Ice 2:55

8. Tale of Two Heads 4:31

9. Absolutely (Not) 4:36

10. Take the Scenic Route 5:05