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The trio of John Butcher on saxophones (acoustic and feedback), Leonel Kaplan on trumpet and Christof Kurzmann on ppooll, performing live at the 2012 Ulrichsberg Kaleidophon Festival, a subtle yet rich dialog from 3 players who complement each other in surprising ways.

Butcher, John / Leonel Kaplan / Christof Kurzmann
Shortening Distance

Butcher, John / Leonel Kaplan / Christof Kurzmann: Shortening Distance (L'innomable)
Label: L'innomable    
Released in: Slovenia    

"A 2012 live concert, about a half hour's worth, from the 2012 Ulrichsberg Kaleidophon Festival, Butcher on saxophones and feedback, Kaplan on trumpet and Kurzmann manipulating ppooll software.

The set begins in an almost pastoral fashion, restrained and offhandedly lyrical, and remains withdrawn and soft throughout. Kurzmnn does a really nice job of integrating the electronics, creating tones that tinge the acoustic sounds here, introducing quiet, tolling pulses there. Kaplan tends to occupy the breath/spittle zone, again seemingly "on the side", washing his sounds along those created by his companions. Butcher is the most active, the one more overtly introducing new elements, but these are always subtle, just the gentlest of prods to investigate this area, then that one. There's a brief cat-fight (muted) about eight minutes in that raises a smile, a darker, drone-ish section following; both show great sensitivity from Kurzmann in his ability to both color (he generates an arco bass sound at one point, I think) and subtly push things forward without elbowing. The trio locates this ground and explores it, never noodling, always keeping matters interesting. A few minutes form the set's conclusion, Butcher plays a surprising jazzy line that, for me, recalls Marion Brown-it works perfectly, as beautiful as it is unexpected. He repeats it several times, loosely and comfortably, Kaplan quietly breathing, Kurzmann softly chiming.

A very satisfying performance, easily recommendable to any fans of the individuals involved."-Brian Olewnick, Just Outside

Edition of 250 copies.

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Product Information:

Edition of 250 copies.

Label: L'innomable
Catalog ID: LI-BKK
Squidco Product Code: 18454

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Slovenia
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Recorded by Fredi Reiter at Ulrichsberg Kaleidophon Festival on April 27th, 2012.


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1. Shortening Distance 30:46