The long-running British free improvising trio Badland (Simon H. Fell-bass; Simon Rose-sax; Steve Noble-drums) in a live recording at St. Brides Church, Liverpool in 2005, intense and dynamic interaction in a space with natural reverb enhancing the interplay.
Badland (Rose / Fell / Noble)
Six High Windows
Label: Bug Incision Records
Released in: Canada
"Six High Windows is the new album from this stalwart British free improvising trio. All three players are familiar figures on the scene; previous recordings by this group have appeared on Emanem and Bruce's Fingers.
Simon H. Fell is an acclaimed double bassist and composer, known for his work in the fiery Hession/Wilkinson/Fell trio, more exploratory outings with the trios VHF and IST, and he's also logged hours with Derek Bailey, Joe Morris, and Peter Brotzmann, among others.
Steve Noble seems to be one of the busiest drummers in the London, largely thanks to his sympathetic and diverse playing. Recent highlights include duos with Peter Brotzmann and Ikue Mori, to pick but two from a very long list.
Simon Rose is a saxophonist who, aside from leading this trio, maintains an earthy, boisterous duo with drummer Pascal Nichols (with a previous disc on Bug Incision) and an ongoing mass of solo work, which has culminated in two memorable solo discs.
Six High Windows is a live recording, captured in a cavernous-sounding room, presented as one unbroken 45 minute set. The sound of the room inevitably factors into the trio's interactions with each other, allowing single gestures to carry more weight than usual, lending an at-times ominous tone the musc. Fell in particular takes advantage of the space, slicing bright arco lines across the pieces and evidently relishing the enhanced impact of his notes."-Bug Incision
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"Steve Noble is London's leading drummer, a fearless and constantly inventive improviser whose super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed playing has galvanized encounters with Derek Bailey, Matthew Shipp, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Stephen O'Malley, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Rhodri Davies and many, many more.
In the early eighties, Noble played with the Nigerian master drummer Elkan Ogunde, Rip Rig and Panic, Brion Gysin and the Bow Gamelan Ensemble, before going on to work with the pianist Alex Maguire and with Derek Bailey (including Company Weeks 1987, 89 and 90). He was featured in the Bailey's excellent TV series on Improvisation for Channel 4 based on his book 'Improvisation; its nature and practise'. He has toured and performed throughout Europe, Africa and America and currently leads the groups N.E.W (with John Edwards and Alex Ward) and DECOY (with John Edwards and Alexander Hawkins)."-https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/artists/steve-noble/ (Cafe Oto Website)
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Label: Bug Incision Records
Catalog ID: bim-65
Squidco Product Code: 18174
Packaging: Cardstock foldover in plastic sleeve
Recorded in St. Brides Church, Liverpool on September 30th, 2005.
Simon Rose-alto saxophone
Simon H. Fell-double bass
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