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The 3rd volume from a series of concerts Eddie Prevost organised at the Network Theatre in London, trio sessions featuring the finest modern free improvising saxophonists, here with Jason Yarde on alto & soprano, and Oil Hayhurst rounding out the trio on double bass.

Yarde, Jason / Oli Hayhurst / Eddie Prevost
"All Together" - Meetings with Remarkable Saxophonists | Volume 3

Yarde, Jason / Oli Hayhurst / Eddie Prevost:

Label: Matchless    
Released in: Great Britain    

"The real discovery is Jason Yarde, and to come in a series after Evan Parker and John Butcher says enough about the esteem Prévost has for the young musician. The quality is obvious. He can shout and scream full of relentless energy, exploring new sonic environments and alternating with very lyrical and calm passages, with phrases and rhythms that are real jazzy, and as part of a trio that moves as one. Hayhurst is good and quite jazzy too, quoting Charlie Haden in one of his solo moments ... and Prévost? .... well he is Prévost ... all creative all present all in function of the music. The album consists of two lengthy improvisations, one of twenty-six minutes, the other almost twice as long, but which is captivating from beginning to end. A real treat."

The release of volume 4 completes the projected set of CDs documenting a series of concerts Prévost organised at the Network Theatre, secreted beneath London's Waterloo. On volume one he was joined by John Edwards and Evan Parker: I awarded that disc five starts in JJ 08.12

Perhaps the most intriguing prospect is volume 3 since Yarde and Hayhurst are primarily associated with more conventionally structured jazz contexts. They sound entirely at ease in this free environment. (And this and the Denzler session remind us that the borders between free jazz and improv is not strictly policed.) Both had previously played with Prévost, but had not worked with each other until this session. Growing from beatless, soaring harmonics, Yarde's lines coalesc into driving post-Ornettte neo-bop before visiting various other parts of the jazz and improv realm. Yarde negotiates changes of mood, tempo, attack and texture with considerable panache, coherence and architectural integrity.

Butcher is known for his fascination with the character of sounds and produces them from the saxophones by every conceivable method (and a couple of inconceivable ones) without sounding gimmicky or pointlessly experimental. Even by his standards, All But is an astounding journey of exploration in which he conjures vision after marvellous vision, admirably paced by Viltard.

I'm unfamiliar with Denzler, a member of the French group Hubbub. All-in-All makes me want to investigate him and them further. Of the three trios, this is arguably the least spectacular, though not lacking in intensity and Edwards is, as ever, an impressive presence.

And Prévost? I've said it before and expect to say it again: as well as an extraordinarily responsive, imaginative, highly musical drummer, he is a brilliant facilitator (both as organiser and percussionist) and a stimulating, provocative thinker, evidenced yet again by the notes to these CDs."-Barry Witherden, Jazz Journal

"Composer, arranger, producer, musical director and saxophonist Jason Yarde writes music that has been described as powerful, spiritual, evocative, rhapsodic, hair-raising and formidable. He composes across variety of styles (progressive jazz, classical, hip-hop fusion, free improvisation, broken beats, R&B, reggae, soul, song writing) and for a variety of media (orchestras, chamber ensembles, big band, dance, film, electro-acoustic and midi) and his potential and originality is such that he was nominated for the Bird Award at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival and for the Jazz on 3 Innovation Award for the 2005 and 2006 BBC Jazz Awards. In 2006 Jason participated in the LSO's Discovery Panufnik Young Composers Scheme which is designed to facilitate the development of orchestral writing for talented young composers and in 2007 he is an LSO Sound Adventure Artist."

See Volume 1
See Volume 2
See Volume 4

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Product Information:

Label: Matchless
Catalog ID: MRCD86
Squidco Product Code: 19417

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at the Network Theater, Waterloo, London, England, on August 7th, 2011, by Giovanni La Rovere.


Jason Yarde-alto saxophone, soprano saxophones

Oli Hayhurst-double bass

Eddie Prevost-drums

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Track Listing:

1. All Together-- Part 1 26:01

2. All Together-- Part 2 49:13

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