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Calgary's saxophonist Darren Williams, who has worked with Mats Gustafsson, Cody Oliver, Eugene Chadbourne, and Han Bennink, in a solo album of remarkable power using extended techniques in composed and improvised pieces that push Williams into astounding territory.

Williams, Darren

Williams, Darren: Reed (Bug Incision Records)
Label: Bug Incision Records    
Released in: Canada    

"Bug Incision started as a record label in 2005, and began presenting concerts under the same name in 2006, as a response to a lack of sympathetic performance space possibilities. In Calgary, the predecessor to the Bug Incision concert series was nach Hause, which was run by Darren Williams. He curated a rich program of international, national, and local talent, bringing important, different voices to the city. And very much in line with the precedent that he set for the series, a trio with Williams, Cody Oliver, and Ron de Jong was one of the first sets of free improvisation I'd ever seen.

Suffice it to say, it is with great pleasure that we issue Williams' debut solo album on the label. (A previous Bug Incision release featured Williams with myself and Scott Munro on a 3" cdr.) Reed is a bit of a departure from the fire-breathing, paint-peeling Williams we'd gotten to know through his collaborations with Mats Gustafsson, Cody Oliver, Eugene Chadbourne, and Han Bennink. These are, for the most part, composed pieces, performed live, recorded beautifully, and vividly rendered using circular breathing and a very supple technique. There are passing technical similarities to other circular breathers like Evan Parker or Peter Evans, but Williams' melodic and harmonic content is something of his own. The presence of free-r, Joe McPhee-like moments likewise add a unique dimension to the disc. Williams released this is disc while on a cross-country solo tour this past summer."-Bug Incision

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Product Information:

Label: Bug Incision Records
Catalog ID: bim-66
Squidco Product Code: 18173

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock foldover in plastic sleeve
Recorded in September and November of 2012 and in March and April of 2013 in the Pyramid at Summerhill Winery and St. Paul's United Church, Kelowna, BC.


Darren Williams-tenor saxophone

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Track Listing:

1. Borrowed Matter 2:39

2. When You Are Dead We Will Use You For Fuel 5:20

3. Bellhop 1:06

4. The Joy In Drowning 3:00

5. For Fred Herzog 5:28

6. The Rope Makers 4:01

7. In The Bath With The Chimera 5:52

8. Be Ye Also Ready 5:07

9. You Will Stay With Us (For Kenny Doren) 5:39