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Hughes, Benoit: Crescent Road [3-inch CDR] (Bug Incision Records)

Autodidact Benoit Hughes recorded these improvisations to a mini-disc recorder on auto-volume, adding unusual sonic qualities to inventive playing on the piano and half-clarinet, where the physical ambiance mixes with his unbridled machinations.

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Label: Bug Incision Records
Catalog ID: bimm-7
Squidco Product Code: 20194

Format: 3" CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Canada
Packaging: Plastic Sleeve
Recorded in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


Benoit Hughes-piano, clarinet

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track listing:

1-6. Crescent Road 23:56

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3" CD
Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Solo Artist Recordings
Piano & Keyboards
Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players

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"The name Benoit Hughes will be familiar to only the most astute followers of Bug Incision. To those not living in Calgary he is an occasional writer of catalog descriptions; to Calgarians he is known as a frequent attendee of local concerts and an avid fan of "free improvisation", its history, and its myriad diversity of strains and players.

What is probably not apparent to any of these people, however, is Hughes' existence as a player. He has amassed a terrific backlog of solo improvisations, recorded at home, in private, on a wide variety of formats, and mainly on nylon-string guitar. However, in typically perverse Hughes fashion, he has decided to issue for his first publicly available recording a suite of piano and half-clarinet improvisations. These two instruments, occasionally played simultaneously, were recorded to a mini-disc recorder set on auto-volume record level, in a mansion overlooking the city on Calgary's swanky Crescent Road.

While Hughes does not possess conventional technique on either of these instruments, the recording does contain a certain charm. This is due to the odd sound quality created by the recorder's settings, as well as Hughes' very real commitment to "the moment", which results in a wild, gonzo style of improvising, fully uninhibited and at times somewhat psychotic-sounding. Not for for the faint of heart or fans of rulebook-adherence. With Hughes finally opening up his vault of recordings, this is the first installment of what will be a slow unveiling of one improv fanatic's highly personal archives. Stay tuned."-Bug Incision

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