The Squid's Ear Magazine

  Rapid SSL

  PayPal

  Mastercard

  Visa

  Discover

  American Express



© 2002-2016, Squidco LLC

Master improvisers Joelle Leandre (double bass), Fred Frith (guitar), Alvin Curran (electronics, piano) and Urs Leimgruber (saxophones) in a new quartet for a live, abstract recording that moves at a fast past.
 

MMM Quartet (Frith / Leandre / Leimgruber / Curran)
Live At The Metz' Arsenal

MMM Quartet (Frith / Leandre / Leimgruber / Curran): Live At The Metz' Arsenal (Leo)
Label: Leo    
Released in: Great Britain    


"World-renowned improvisers align for a meeting of the minds on this live date, spawning a multidimensional stance, where on-the-fly invention rules the roost. The breadth of each artists' scope and stylization yields a scrappy game plan, containing a succession of abstracts which move forward at a brisk pace. Electronics pioneer Alvin Curran supplies bizarre background treatments, intersecting many of the asymmetrical patterns or mimicking the group dialogues. In a sense, he offers a translucent perspective within the body of this polytonal extravaganza.

The electro-organic program is a scrappy one. With swarming convergences featuring master bassist Joelle Léandre's burgeoning arco lines and lyric-less vocal chants, the quartet dishes out unearthly dialogues amid a surfeit of fleeting counter maneuvers; sub-themes emerge, disappear, and morph into subsequent plans of action.

Saxophonist Urs Leimgruber intersperses microtonal language in spots, and also joins his teammates in numerous rhythmic exercises. The program is essentially underscored with either haunting outlooks or descents into subliminal, carefully engineered improvisational forums, especially on the 45-minute "Part One," the set's predominant track. Here, the musicians execute interweaving dialogues, and it's often hard to distinguish who is doing what. A magical aura pervades throughout, including a few lighthearted segments that elicit imagery of an avant-garde cartoon soundtrack.

With buzzing sax notes, creaky bass, and guitarist Fred Frith's assorted bag of tricks, the musicians occasionally generate a rough and tumble environ within a fractured loop. They do calm the waters three-quarters into "Part One," providing some quiet time along the way. These artists are among the best in the business, irrefutably meeting or even exceeding expectations via this superior exhibition."-Leo Records






Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Jazz
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Frith, Fred
Staff Picks & Recommended Items
Quartet Recordings
Leo Records



Search for other titles on the Leo label.


Other Recommended Releases:
Frith, Fred / Darren Johnston
Everybody's Somebody's Nobody
(Clean Feed)
Cooper, Lindsay / Fred Frith / Gianni Gebbia / Lars Hollmer
Angels On The Edge Of Time
(Angelica)
Buckner, Thomas / Joelle Leandre / Nicole Mitchell
Flowing Stream
(Leo)
Ceccaldi, Theo Trio + Joelle Leandre
Can You Smile?
(Ayler)
Curran, Alvin
Shofar Rags
(Tzadik)
Dalachinsky, Steve / Joelle Leandre
The Bill Has Been Paid
(Dark Tree Records)
Brennan, John Wolf / Tony Majdalani / Marco Jencarelli
Pilgrims
(Leo)
Sudo Quartet (Leandre / Zingaro / Tramontana / Lovens)
Live at Banlieue Bleue
(NoBusiness)
Leandre, Joelle & Jerome Bourdellon
Evidence
(Relative Pitch)
Leandre, Joelle & Lauren Newton
Conversations live in Ljubljana
(Not Two Records)
BassX3
Transatlantic
(Leo)
Clarinet Trio, The
4
(Leo)
Namchylak, Sainkho with Wolfgang Puschnig and Paul Urbanek
Terra
(Leo)
Brennan / Doran / Amstad / Heral
Triangulation - Whirligigs
(Leo)
Maneri, Joe / Masashi Harada
Pinerskol
(Leo)
Perelman, Ivo Trio
Mind Games
(Leo)
O'Leary / Kang / Van Der Schyff
Zemlya
(Leo)



Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought:
Fasteau, Kali Z (with Jordan / Rozie / Parran / McBee)
Piano Rapture
(Flying Note)
Risser, Eve
Des pas sur la neige
(Clean Feed)
Pavone, Mario
Blue Dialect
(Clean Feed)
Brotzmann, Peter & Jason Adasiewicz
Mollie's in the Mood [VINYL]
(Bro)
Daniel's, Ted Energy Module (feat. Oliver Lake and Daniel Carter)
Innerconnection [2 CDs]
(NoBusiness)
Parker, Evan & Sylvie Courvoisier
Either Or And
(Relative Pitch)
Coursil, Jacques with Alan Silva
FreeJazzArt
(RogueArt)
Yoshihide, Otomo / Sachiko M / Evan Parker / John Edwards / Tony Marsh / John Butcher
Quintet/Sextet/Duos
(Otoroku)
Golia, Vinny & Urs Leimgruber
Empiricism in the West
(Relative Pitch)
Price: $15.95
In Stock


Quantity:

Shipping Weight: 5.00 units

Quantity in Basket: None





Product Information:

UPC: 5024792063123

Label: Leo
Catalog ID: LEO 631
Squidco Product Code: 16724

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live at the Metz' Arsenal on November 20th, 2009.

Personnel:

Joelle Leandre-double bass

Fred Frith-guitar

Alvin Curran-electronics, piano

Urs Leimgruber-soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone

Highlight an artist name or instrument above
and click here to Search


Track Listing:

1. Part One 45:23

2. Part Two 6:58







What are other customers searching for?