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Coxhill, Lol & Michel Doneda: Sitting On Your Stairs (Emanem)

An improvised concert at Les Instantes Chavires near Paris in 2011, the last outing of the duo of saxophonist Lol Coxhill and trumpter Michel Doneda, two fine improvisers at the top of their respective abilities.
 

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UPC: 5030243502820

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 5028
Squidco Product Code: 17743

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded by Benjamin Pagier at Les Instants Chavires, Montreal on February 3rd, 2011.


Personnel:

Lol Coxhill-soprano saxophone

Michel Doneda-soprano saxophone

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track listing:


1. Last Duet 1 18:55

2. MD Solo 5:10

3. LC solo 3:36

4. Last Duet 2 2:17

5. Last Duet 3 16:24

6. Last Duet 4 10:33




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Improvised Music
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
London & UK Free Improvisation Scene
EMANEM & psi
Free Improvisation
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"[...] Coxhill and Doneda had met at various Chantenay-Villedieu festivals (then the private kingdom of the nato company). They played a duet in London in 2008 and met again in 2011 in London, in Toulouse and on February 3, on the stage of Les Instants Chavirés in Montreuil (a suburb of Paris). Coxhill also performed there the day before with John Edwards and Steve Noble.

Lol's great singularity is that he crossed genres while maintaining his unique sound. He was an outstanding and uncompromising improviser who was not against looking for tricky situations, skimming abysses and margins, venturing beyond habits and comfort. His debut album EAR OF BEHOLDER (Dandelion), published in 1971, would more or less constitute the modus operandi of his musical career: playing solos (recorded at home, on a bridge, at Piccadilly, at the zoo, etc.), reinterpretations of Lover Man and I am the Walrus, collective improvisations, sweet duets, etc. As for the self-taught Michel Doneda, who plays only the soprano saxophone - he has been involved totally and completely in free improvisation. 'I'm basically an improviser' he says. I'm basically involved with sound. More than playing a style of music, I improvise'.

The music here is presented complete in the order of performance. Right away we feel that the two musicians wanted to give themselves space enough to let their conversation flourish in a musical area which is often soft and uncluttered - to successfully find a cohesive light without ever abandoning their own prerogatives and sensibilities. By no means is it about one playing against the other - they are light years away from historic free jazz invented in the sixties. Lol's solo leads onto a melodic and rhythmic ostinato inciting Michel to enter through a criss-cross of bright, fresh lines. clear as crystal. In the maze of tones and colours that illuminate the music of this CD, we easily recognise the Briton through his sinuous phrasing, his micro-tonal inflections, his bitter-sweet lyricism and his particular manner of releasing small, elastic melodic structures within his tonal distortions. Down to the smallest detail, Lol Coxhill's inventiveness and expressiveness are here at their peak. Doneda has a more organic approach to the instrument - he's not phrasing but scratching inside his pipe, bringing out a jungle of micro-sounds, puffs and murmurs, growls and other unconventional effects. Although often graceful and delicate, their conversation can also be as keen and sharp as steel. Two musicians at the top of their art. [...]"-Gérard Rouy, from the liner notes


Artist Biographies:

"George Lowen Coxhill (19 September 1932 - 10 July 2012), generally known as Lol Coxhill, was an English free improvising saxophonist and raconteur. He played the soprano or sopranino saxophone. Coxhill was born to George Compton Coxhill and Mabel Margaret Coxhill (née Motton) at Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK. He grew up in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, and bought his first saxophone in 1947. After national service he became a busy semi-professional musician, touring US airbases with Denzil Bailey's Afro-Cubists and the Graham Fleming Combo. In the 1960s he played with visiting American blues, soul and jazz musicians including Rufus Thomas, Mose Allison, Otis Spann, and Champion Jack Dupree. He also developed his practice of playing unaccompanied solo saxophone, often busking in informal performance situations. Other than his solo playing, he performed mostly as a sideman or as an equal collaborator, rather than a conventional leader - there was no regular Lol Coxhill Trio or Quartet as would normally be expected of a saxophonist. Instead he had many intermittent but long-lasting collaborations with like-minded musicians.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was a member of Canterbury scene bands Carol Grimes and Delivery and then Kevin Ayers and the Whole World. He became known for his solo playing and for work in duets with pianist Steve Miller and guitarist G. F. Fitzgerald. He was thought to have largely inspired Joni Mitchell's song "For Free", while busking solo on the old footbridge which formed part of the Hungerford Bridge between Waterloo and Charing Cross. Coxhill collaborated with other musicians including Mike Oldfield, Morgan Fisher (of Mott the Hoople), Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath and its musical descendant The Dedication Orchestra, Django Bates, the Damned, Hugh Metcalfe, Derek Bailey and performance art group Welfare State.

He often worked in small collaborative groups with semi-humorous names such as the Johnny Rondo Duo or Trio (with pianist Dave Holland - not the bassist of the same name), the Melody Four (characteristically a trio, with Tony Coe and Steve Beresford), and The Recedents (with guitarist Mike Cooper and percussionist Roger Turner), known as such because the members were (in Coxhill's words) "all bald", though the name may additionally be a play on the American band the Residents. Typically these bands performed a mix of free improvisation interspersed with ballroom dance tunes and popular songs. There was humour throughout his music but he sometimes felt it necessary to tell audiences that the free playing was not intended as a joke. Coxhill was compere and occasional performer at the Bracknell Jazz Festival, and a raconteur as well as a musician; he often would introduce his music by saying the words, "what I am about to play you may not understand". It was following a performance at Bracknell that he recorded the melodramatic monologue Murder in the Air."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lol_Coxhill)
4/25/2017

Other Releases With These Artists:
Spontaneous Music Orchestra
Search & Reflect (1973-81) [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Rutherford, Paul
Chicago 2002
(Emanem)
Burn / Coxhill / Edwards / Minton / Russell
Mopomoso Solos 2002
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2002 - small groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2001 - small groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Lio Leo Leon
(psi)
Coxhill / Ward
Old Sights New Sounds
(Incus)
Coxhill, Lol & Roger Turner
Success With Your Dog
(Emanem)
Coxhill, Lol
Coxhill On Ogun
(Ogun)
Centazzo / Coxhill / Koglmann
Darkly
(Ictus)
Spontaneous Music Ensemble & Orchestra
Trio & Triangle
(Emanem)
London & Glasgow Improvisers Orchestras
Separately & Together (Freedom of the City 2007)
(Emanem)
Coxhill / Hayward / Hopper / Robinson
Clear Frame
(Continuity... Records )
Various Artists
Freedom of the City Festival 2005 [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Responses, Reproduction & Reality (freedom of the city 2003-4)
(Emanem)
Coxhill, Lol / Mueller, Torsten / Rutherford, Paul
Milwaukee
(Emanem)
Marsh, Tony / Chefa Alonso
Goodbye Red Rose (2008/9)
(Emanem)
Frith, Fred / Michel Doneda

(Vand'Oeuvre)
Nakatani, Tatsuya & Michel Doneda
Duo
(Nakatani-Kobo)
Doneda, Michel
Everybody Digs Michel Doneda
(Relative Pitch)
Doneda, Michel / Joris Ruhl
Linge
(Umlaut Records)
erikM / Michel Doneda
Razine
(Monotype)
Coxhill / Ward
Old Sights New Sounds
(Incus)
Doneda / Kocher / Schiller
///Grape Skin
(Another Timbre)
Coxhill, Lol & Roger Turner
Success With Your Dog
(Emanem)
Doneda / Toulemonde / Desmarchelier
Le Terrier
(Monotype)
Doneda, Michael
Anatomie des clefs
(Potlatch)
Davies / Doneda / Martin / Minton / Patterson
Midhopestones
(Another Timbre)
Coxhill, Lol
Coxhill On Ogun
(Ogun)
Coxhill / Hayward / Hopper / Robinson
Clear Frame
(Continuity... Records )
Sawai, Kazue / Doneda, Michel / Imai, Kazuo / Ninh, Le Quan / Saitoh, Tetsu
Une chance pour l'ombre
(Victo)
Giuffre, Jimmy 3
Bremen & Stuttgart (1961) [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Parker, Evan / Mark Nauseef / Toma Gouband
As The Wind
(psi)
Circulasione Totale Orchestra
Enten Eller
(Circulasione)
Lacy, Steve
Cycles (1976-80) [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Rutherford, Paul Trio
Gheim - live at Bracknell 1983
(Emanem)
Cortex
Live!
(Clean Feed)
Moholo, Louis / Frode Gjerstad
Sult
(FMR)
Leandre, Joelle / Pascal Contet
3
(Ayler)
Shipp, Matthew Trio
Root Of Things
(Relative Pitch)
Gray / Hobbs / Hostetter / Braman
Lawnmower II
(Clean Feed)
Amado, Rodrigo / Mota / Faustino / Ferrandini
Wire Quartet
(Clean Feed)
Donarier's, Matthieu / Albert van Veenendaal's Planetarium
The Visible Ones
(Clean Feed)
Miguel, Sei
Salvation Modes
(Clean Feed)
Revis, Eric / Taylor / McHenry / Jones / Branford Marsalis
In Memory of Things Yet Seen
(Clean Feed)
Kesten, Christian & Mark Trayle / Annette Krebs
Berlin series No. 2
(Another Timbre)
Iddon, Martin
pneuma
(Another Timbre)
Partial (Noe Cuellar and Joseph Clayton Mills)
LL
(Another Timbre)
Lucchese, Maria / Matthias Bauer
Alchimia Organica
(Creative Sources)
Parodi, Claudio
Heavy Nichel
(Creative Sources)
Schindler / Winter
Form & Material
(Creative Sources)
Schindler / Harnik
Empty Pigeonhole
(Creative Sources)
Chrysakis, Thanos / Wade Matthews / Javier Pedreira
Garnet Skein
(Aural Terrains)
Carter, John / Bobby Bradford
Tandem (remastered) (1979/82) [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Coombes, Nigel / Steve Beresford
White String's Attached (1979)
(Emanem)
Lacy, Steve
Avignon and After - 2 (1972-7) Volume 2
(Emanem)
Polipnick, Luke Group (Luke / Linz / Wozniak / Pride)
Episodes
(Eunoria Records)
Bailey, Derek / Trevor Watts / John Stevens
Dynamics of the Impromptu
(FMR)
Davidson, Scott with Shipp / Shorter / Bisio / Dickey
Dreamland
(NO LABEL)
Hemingway, Gerry
Kernelings [CD + DVD]
(Auricle)
Derome, Jean / Malcolm Goldstein / Rainer Wiens
6 Improvisations
(Ambiances Magnetiques)
Kullhammar / Aalberg / Zetterberg
Basement Sessions Vol. 2
(Clean Feed)
Davis, Kris Trio
Waiting For You To Grow
(Clean Feed)
Dessen, Michael Trio
Resonating Abstractions
(Clean Feed)
Hebert, John Trio
Floodstage
(Clean Feed)
Bauder, Matt and Day in Pictures
Nightshades
(Clean Feed)
Davis, Matt / Phil Durrant / Mark Wastell
Confront Collectors Series
(Confront)
Lazro, Daunik / Joelle Leandre
Hasparren
(NoBusiness)
Mendoza, Enrique
Below Sea Level
(FMR)
Natura Morta (Ali / Loriot / Costa)
Decay
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode / Luis Conte
Mirrors Edges
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Trevor Taylor
New Atmospheres
(FMR)
Vigroux, Franck
Prisme
(D'Autres Cordes)
Ceccaldi, Theo Trio + Joelle Leandre
Can You Smile?
(Ayler)
Fields, Scott & Jeffrey Lependorf
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(Ayler)
Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Whit Dickey / Gerald Cleaver
Enigma
(Leo)
Wright, Jack
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(Relative Pitch)
Golia, Vinny & Urs Leimgruber
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(Relative Pitch)
Fages, Ferran
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(Another Timbre)
Glover, Richard
Logical Harmonies
(Another Timbre)
Lee, Ingrid
Mouth to Mouth
(Another Timbre)
Triptet
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(Engine)
Giant Dwarf
Rabbitwood
(Engine)
Mandingo Ambassadors
Tougna
(Engine)
Hooker, William
Heart Of The Sun
(Engine)
Wooley, Nate & Seymour Wright
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(Fataka)
Sharp, Elliott Aggregat
Quintet
(Clean Feed)
Sanchez, Angelica / Wadada Leo Smith
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(Clean Feed)
Seeded Plain (Day / Kreimer)
Provincial Stammer
(Bug Incision Records)
Williams, Darren
Reed
(Bug Incision Records)
Gratkowski, Frank / Damon Smith / Jerome Bryerton
The Voice Imitator
(Balance Point Acoustics)
ISKRA 1903
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(Emanem)
Bailey, Derek & Simon H. Fell
The Complete 15th August 2001
(Confront)
Jordan, Kidd & Hamid Drake
A Night in November
(Valid Records)
Wright, Walter / Chris Welcome / Shayna Dulberger
Apocalypso
(Empty Room Music)
Jackson, Keefe Likely So
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(Delmark)
Thomas / Lash / Sanders
Skip
(FMR)
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(FMR)
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Live In Macedonia, 2004
(FMR)
VCDC (Motland / Lonberg-Holm / Solberg / Gjerstad)
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Gjerstad / Norton / Watson
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(FMR)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Spontaneous Music Orchestra
Search & Reflect (1973-81) [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Rutherford, Paul
Chicago 2002
(Emanem)
Burn / Coxhill / Edwards / Minton / Russell
Mopomoso Solos 2002
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2002 - small groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2001 - small groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Lio Leo Leon
(psi)
Centazzo / Coxhill / Koglmann
Darkly
(Ictus)
Spontaneous Music Ensemble & Orchestra
Trio & Triangle
(Emanem)
London & Glasgow Improvisers Orchestras
Separately & Together (Freedom of the City 2007)
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City Festival 2005 [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Responses, Reproduction & Reality (freedom of the city 2003-4)
(Emanem)
Coxhill, Lol / Mueller, Torsten / Rutherford, Paul
Milwaukee
(Emanem)
Other Recommended Releases:
Marsh, Tony / Chefa Alonso
Goodbye Red Rose (2008/9)
(Emanem)
Frith, Fred / Michel Doneda

(Vand'Oeuvre)
Nakatani, Tatsuya & Michel Doneda
Duo
(Nakatani-Kobo)
Doneda, Michel
Everybody Digs Michel Doneda
(Relative Pitch)
Doneda, Michel / Joris Ruhl
Linge
(Umlaut Records)
erikM / Michel Doneda
Razine
(Monotype)
Coxhill / Ward
Old Sights New Sounds
(Incus)
Doneda / Kocher / Schiller
///Grape Skin
(Another Timbre)
Coxhill, Lol & Roger Turner
Success With Your Dog
(Emanem)
Doneda / Toulemonde / Desmarchelier
Le Terrier
(Monotype)
Doneda, Michael
Anatomie des clefs
(Potlatch)
Davies / Doneda / Martin / Minton / Patterson
Midhopestones
(Another Timbre)
Coxhill, Lol
Coxhill On Ogun
(Ogun)
Coxhill / Hayward / Hopper / Robinson
Clear Frame
(Continuity... Records )

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