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A deft, athletic outing from Bug Incision regular Simeon Abbot on piano and drummer Mike Gennaro (Wrist Error, Gustafsson) recorded in two locations live in Montreal and Toronto.

Abbott, Simeon & Mike Gennaro
Meditations on First

Abbott, Simeon & Mike Gennaro: Meditations on First (Bug Incision Records)
Label: Bug Incision Records    
Released in: Canada    

"An excellently-wrought recording from this Toronto-based duo. The balance needed to maximize the enjoyment of an album as a solid, single listening experience is often overlooked in the recorded output of free-improvised music.

Recorded in a couple different locations in Montreal and Toronto, this piano & drums disc emanates the kind of care and attention that reminds me of the best of the ol' FMP, Incus, and classic Emanem releases. And the music itself is equally raging.

Gennaro first came to our attention years ago for his work with Wrist Error, and their album with Mats Gustafsson on Spool. After crossing paths a few more times over the years, it turned out that he was working with past Bug Incision star Simeon Abbott, after triumphantly returning from a hiatus from the music. Gennaro's playing falls into the rich drumkit-plus-bits-of-percussion tradition, recalling vintage Bennink, Lovens, and the early work of Ingar Zach.

Abbott's pianism, kaleidoscopic in its harmonic complexity and rhythmic invention, suggests a strange cross-pollination of Schlippenbach and Bley. Needless to say, this is a deft, athletic outing, massively enjoyable and masterfully executed."-Bug Incision

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Improvised Music
Piano & Keyboards
Percussion & Drums
Toronto Area Improvisation
Duo Recordings

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Product Information:

Label: Bug Incision Records
Catalog ID: bim-56
Squidco Product Code: 17447

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock foldover in plastic sleeve
Tracks 1 and 5 recorded on August 25th, 2012 at L'Envers in Montreal. Track 2 recorded on August 18th, 2012 at Array Music Studio in Toronto. Tracks 3 and 4 recorded on May 27th, 2012 at Array Music Studio in Toronto.


Simeon Abbott-piano

Mike Gennaro-drums

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Track Listing:

1. First Song 22:30

2. First Drink 8:31

3. First Fight 1:33

4. First Date 6:33

5. First Place 8:00