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Irish trumpeter Ian Smith in an eclectic quintet of improvisers: Brian Godding (guitar synth), Marcio Mattos (bass, cello), then-emerging Mark Sanders (drums, percussion), and Thebe Lipere (percussion).

Smith, Ian

Smith, Ian: Tryst (Red Toucan)
Label: Red Toucan    
Released in: Canada    

"For this album, Irish trumpeter Ian Smith put together an eclectic quintet of improvisers: Brian Godding (guitar synth), Marcio Mattos (bass, cello), then-emerging Mark Sanders (drums, percussion), and Thebe Lipere (percussion). Then again, this is not a quintet album, as all five musicians interact on only one of the 12 pieces ("Swordfish"). Smith experimented with various trio and quartet combinations, slipping in a duo with Mattos (the closing number "Tin Foil"), and keeping a solo spot for Godding ("The Laughing Police Force"). Smith's trumpet and flügelhorn playing has been strongly influenced by Bill Dixon: the same fondness for textures, the same use of short, carefully calculated strings of jabbed notes, with occasional sustained tones. The short free improvisations explore moods, while the longer numbers (eight to ten minutes) cover more ground, moving from unaccompanied trumpet overture to swing-like energy. The best moments are the guitar synth-less tracks (like the Smith/Mattos/Lipere trio "Close the Light"). This instrument brings a synthetic and badly aging touch. Whatever Godding tries to do, he only manages to sound disruptive, with the exception of the aforementioned quintet cut, where his playing blends in nicely. Tryst makes a good debut -- too bad it is defaced by horrible artwork."-François Couture, All Music

"Mark Sanders has played with many renowned musicians including Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey, Henry Grimes, Roswell Rudd, Peter Brotzmann, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Jah Wobble, Sidsel Endresen , Charles Gayle, Peter Evans and William Parker. He works with John Edwards in a duo and with groups including Evan Parker, `Foils` with Frank Paul Schubert and Matthius Muller and groups with Veryan Weston, John Tilbury, Agusti Fernandez and Mathew Shipp. Mark works in a regular improvising duo with John Butcher and also performing John`s composition `Tarab Cuts` which has played festivals in Rio de Janiero, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Glasgow, Bristol and London. In a trio with cellist Okkyung Lee, John and Mark have played in Belgium, France, England and Scotland. He also has a longstanding duo with Sarah Gail Brand which has featured on the BBC`s `The Stuart Lee Show`and in the film `Taking the dog for a Walk`.

He has performed solo for a Christian Marclay exhibition at The White Cube Gallery in London, Evan Parker`s festival`Unwhitstable` in Wroclaw, Poland for `Solos Festival` The 100 Years Gallery London, an improvised music series in Derby and Cafe Oto in London. Working with Christian Marclay in his `Everyday` piece for film and live music, he has performed in Aldeburgh, Ruhr Trienalle, Vienna Bienalle, Holland festival and London`s QEH and has also collaborated with him playing for the film `Screenplay`in London and Lisbon. In situations using composition in one form or another Mark works in various projects including `13 Vices` with Brian Irvine/Jennifer Walshe, Alex Hawkins Ensemble featuring Peter Evans, Simon Fell Ensembe, groups with Hasse Poulsen and Luc Ex , Sarah Sarhandi`s `Both Universe`, Elaine Mitchener`s `Sweet Tooth` and has played in the groups of Shabaka Hutchings including`Sons of Kemet` Conceptual Artist Sam Belinfante collaborated with Mark in his piece `On the One Hand, and the Other` in two exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre, London For Conceptual artist Henrik Hakensen`s film `The End` he has performed as an improvising soloist with orchestras conductedd by Jessica Cottis, playing the music of John Coxon in Glasgow, Sydney and Monte Carlo As a guest with New York`s ICE Ensemble he has performed John Zorn`s `The Tempest` in London and at Huddersfield New Music Festival.

Mark also works in the groups of Paul Dunmall including Deep Whole Trio with Paul Rogers, in duo and `Frisque Concordance` with Georg Graewe , and the ensembles of Mikolaj Trzaska, Uwe Oberg and Peter Jaquemyn. He has performed in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Morrocco, South Africa, Australia, Mozambique and Turkey, playing at many major festivals including Nickelsdorf, Riga, Ulrichsburg, Glastonbury, Womad, Vancouver, Isle of Wight, Roskilde, Berlin Jazz days, FMP, Mulhouse, Luz, Minniapolis, Banlieue Bleues, Son D`hiver and Hurta Cordel."

-Mark Sanders Website (

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Product Information:

UPC: 777885931124

Label: Red Toucan
Catalog ID: RT 9311-2
Squidco Product Code: 18043

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1997
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded by Dave Hunt on May 17th and 18th, 1996.


Ian Smith-flugelhorn, trumpet

Brian Godding-guitar synth

Marcio Mattos-bass, cello, pedals

Mark Sanders-drums, percussion

Thebe Lipere-percussion, imbumbu

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Track Listing:

1. Evora 3:52

2. Tryst 10:14

3. Ean 6:39

4. Enchase 4:01

5. Close The Light 3:53

6. Jive Rhapsody 6:42

7. The Laughing Police Force 3:27

8. Messages Received 8:02

9. Inner Star 6:28

10. Swordfish 8:35

11. Tin Foil 3:13