The final of 4 volumes documenting a series of concerts Eddie Prevost organised at the Network Theatre in London, trio sessions featuring the finest modern free improvising saxophonists, here with Bertrand Denzler on sax and bassist John Edwards accompanying.
Denzler, Bertrand / John Edwards / Eddie Prevost
"All-in-All [en tout en pour tout]" Meetings With Remarkable Saxophonists | Volume 4
Released in: Great Britain
"This is the fourth in the series of Eddie Prévost's concert recordings of trios with different bassists and saxophonists. The title, strongly invoking the mystic G.I Gurdjieff's Meetings with Remarkable Men, might echo that work's particular journey toward initiation and occult knowledge. The previous saxophonists in the series were Evan Parker, John Butcher and Jason Yarde. Bertrand Denzler shares with the others a mastery of what are sometimes referred to as extended techniques; he can also pursue a musical vision that is profoundly internalized, whether focused on micro events or the development of hypnotic states.
Though there are moments of reverie here, of airy unaccompanied upper register multiphonics, a listener might be forgiven missing the presence of the percussionist from AMM or one of the saxophonists from Hubbub. The performance is a journey into free jazz, and its fundamental material is rhythmic. Each of the two half-hour pieces - All-in-All (en tout et pour tout), parts 1 and 2 - goes through numerous mutations, but they're driven along by Prévost's fiercely propulsive drumming, whether he's supplying aggressive brushwork or playing with sticks. This brings out a particularly forceful side of Denzler, who here sounds like a none-too-distant cousin of Sonny Rollins, sometimes building tension with shifting two-note figures, elsewhere insistently pressing an ascending major scale or reducing the tenor to a drum for some one-note semaphore.
Given the focus on rhythm, bassist John Edwards - who is usually likely to be the most aggressive musician of the three present - often emerges as the most melodically inventive member of the group, whether finding unlikely figures to contribute to a dialogue or bowing high-pitched whistles against Denzler's elemental honks. If risk and surprise are the lifeblood of improvised music, this album succeeds admirably. It's just as successful as a free jazz power trio disc."-Stuart Broomer, Point of DepartureSee Volume 1
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"Bertrand Denzler is a tenor saxophone player. He has played in Europe and Latin America both as a solo act and with musicians such as Xavier Charles, Peter Frils Nielsen, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Barry Guy, Ninh Lê Quan, Urs Leimgruber, Günter Müller, Bob Ostertag, Norbert Pfammatter, Hasse Poulsen, Mark Sanders, Mathieu Werchowski, and Otomo Yoshihide. He is a member of the groups Hubbub, Nanocluster, Laps, Denzler-Mariage, A3/1, and Chamaeleo Vulgaris. He has put out a number of compact discs on various labels."-ActuelleCD.com (http://www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/denzler_be/)
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"After taking up the bass, around 1987, John Edwards co-formed The Pointy Birds who went on to win awards for their music for The Cholmondeleys and Featherstonehaughs dance troupes. The group appeared at festivals in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Moers, Leverkusen, Copenhagen. Around 1990, Edwards played his first gigs with London improvisers such as Roger Turner, Lol Coxhill, Maggie Nicols, Phil Minton.
Between 1990 and 1995 Edwards was a member of three touring groups simultaneously: B-Shops For The Poor, The Honkies and GOD. During this period he also became an increasingly regular player on the London improvised music scene and performed his first solo gigs; he composed and performed music theatre with the bass and cello duo The Great Explorers, street-busked a lot and appeared at many more festivals in Germany, Estonia, France, Italy, Czech, etc.
Since 1995 John Edwards has become a "mainstay" of the London scene, playing with just about everybody, an activity that has seen him clocking up between 150 and 200 gigs a year. He has become regular player with Evan Parker, in many groupings, and with Tony Bevan, Veryan Weston, and Elton Dean, often in collaboration with Mark Sanders on percussion. He has become a more frequent player on the European (and festival) scene, appearing at Taktlos, Ulrichsburg, Nickelsdorf, Budapest, New Zealand and in the USA. He continues to work on solo performances."-EFI (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/musician/medwards.html)
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Recorded at the Network Theatre, in Waterloo, London, England on December 12th, 2011, by Giovanni La Rovere.
Bertrand Denzler-tenor saxophone
John Edwards-double bass
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1. All-in-All )En Tout Et Pour Tout)--Part 1 30:39
2. All-in-All )En Tout Et Pour Tout)--Part 2 29:06