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Three bassists converged on WNUR Studios, in Evanston, Illinois in 1998 to record these tracks, finally released after 16 years: 5 freely improvised trio sessions, 6 miniatures suggested by Kowald and performed by the trio, and 6 duos between Kowald and Lonberg-Holm.

Kowald, Peter / Kent Kessler / Fred Lonberg-Holm
Flats Fixed

Kowald, Peter / Kent Kessler / Fred Lonberg-Holm: Flats Fixed (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey    
Released in: USA    

"In 1998, at WNUR Radio, Evanston, the legendary German bassist Peter Kowald met two Chicagoans in the studio for a brisk set of string trios. Fellow-bassist Kent Kessler and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, essential members of the Chicago scene, are well known as international improvisors too, and the threesome dug in for a fierce face-off.

The session was closely recorded in the studio's intimate confines, which could barely contain their energy. Kowald proposed a set of six miniatures, all ranging around a minute in length, as a counterpoint to the longer tracks. When Kessler left, Kowald and Lonberg-Holm stayed on playing a few duets, more conversational in tone.

The musicians all loved the results, a CD was planned, delayed, as happens, and then Kowald died suddenly in 2002, almost to the day four years since recording Flats Fixed. CvsD is honored to finally release this glorious music, which had been prepared and shelved more than a decade ago. Dedicated to the memory of Comrade Kowald."-John Corbett

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Product Information:

Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
Catalog ID: CvsDCD016
Squidco Product Code: 19869

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2014
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at WNUR Studios, in Evanston, Illinois, on September 24th, 1998 by John Corbett.


Peter Kowald-bass

Kent Kessler-bass

Fred Lonberg-Holm-cello

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Track Listing:

1. FF 1 7:10

2. FF 2 5:58

3. FF 3 3:23

4. FF 4 17:23

5. Miniature 1 0:55

6. Miniature 2 1:02

7. Miniature 3 1:09

8. Miniature 4 1:00

9. Miniature 5 1:17

10. Miniature 6 2:19

11. FF 6 15:10

12. b & c 1 4:29

13. b & b 3:23

14. b & c 2 5:42

15. b & c 3 3:48

16. b & c 4 2:51

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