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Leveraging the concept of the geometrically impossible Penrose Triangle, the trio of Sebastian Lexer (piano), Eddie Prevost (percussion) and Seymour Wright (sax) perform three permutations of duos and one full trio.

Lexer / Prevost / Wright
Impossibility in its Purest Form

Lexer / Prevost / Wright: Impossibility in its Purest Form (Matchless)
Label: Matchless    
Released in: Great Britain    

"In 1999, percussionist Eddie Prévost began convening an improvisation workshop in London. From its earliest days the pianist Sebastian Lexer and saxophonist Seymour Wright were among its most committed and creative members, and the relationship eventually developed into significant musical partnerships. Impossibility in its Purest Form documents their distinctive approach to improvisation. Wright's cover art and Prévost's liner note are both based on the Penrose Triangle, an impossible geometrical formation - a kind of open or mobius triangle found, among other places, in the illusionist art of M.C. Escher. The triangle becomes a metaphor for the group's practice of improvisation and its "impossibility" as a construct.

There are four pieces here. The first three are duets, representing the three possible duos. Each piece in the series is entitled "Trilinear," suggesting the absent third musician is somehow part of the work. The fourth and longest work is the full trio playing "Impossibility in its Purest Form." The improvisatory language is less one of continuous sound than one of continuous attention. Heir to the processes of AMM, the group has a singular attention to detail, creating less a music of texture than one of sustained and elongated events, some of which are sonic abrasions; some of which are near silence.

Each performance begin in nothingness, eventually finds a kind of convergence, then elongates that moment, stretching it in time and space until there is room in one's awareness for little else. In a sense dauntingly abstract, the work is also visceral, with both Wright (he can sound like a duck without being specifically mimetic) and Prévost exploring harsh reed and bowed metal sounds, in contrast to the refined and unpredictable little sounds that Lexer seems to prefer. That harshness may articulate either the struggle of a music that is made out of nothingness and which will return to it, or the impossibility of the moment and the insistence on its potential for habitation."--Stuart Broomer - Point of Departure June 2012

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Product Information:

UPC: 502049208220

Label: Matchless
Catalog ID: MRCD82
Squidco Product Code: 16795

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded at The Welsh Chapel, Southwark Bridge Road, London in July and October 2011.


Sebastian Lexer-piano

Eddie Prevost-percussion

Seymour Wright-alto saxophone

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Track Listing:

1. Trilinear Alpha (Eddie Prevost-Seymour Wright) 16:46

2. Trilinear Beta (Sebastian Lexer-Eddie Prevost) 17:16

3. Trilinear Gamma (Seymour Wright-Sebastian Lexer) 13:46

4. Impossibility In Its Purest Form 23:26