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Webster, Colin + Mark Holub: Viscera (New Atlantis)

A biting and propulsive recording of free noise improv and rock from rising stars of the UK/European avant scene--Colin Webster on alto, tenor and baritone sax, and Mark Holub on drums--in their 4th album as a power duo playing ecstatic, guttural free jazz.

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UPC: 616892 202349

Label: New Atlantis
Catalog ID: NA-CD-018 CD
Squidco Product Code: 20437

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2014
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Dropout Studios in London, England, in October 2013 by Tim Cedar.


Colin Webster-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

Mark Holub-drums

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track listing:

1. Big Paws on a Puppy 3:55

2. Splinters 4:37

3. Oaxaca 6:34

4. Qara Capa 6:28

5. Conkan 7:52

6. Viscera of Chest and Abdomen 8:24

7. Then There Was 10:02

8. Chant 8:44
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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Duo Recordings
Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players
Percussion & Drums
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
London & UK Improv & Related Scenes
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"Evincing a musical dialog informed by nearly ten years of collaboration, sweat, and growth, Viscera is the duo's fourth recording, and a vital slab of energy improvisation. In 2010, they recorded Koi Bombs (Gaffer Records, 2011) with keyboardist Toby McLaren. The Claw was released the following year via the Raw Tonk label (Colin's own imprint) in 2012. The duo toured extensively in the UK and France, honing their free-ranging, forceful take on free jazz, and incorporating elements from free improvisation, avant rock, doom metal, noise, and more. In November of 2013 the duo released Gutty Mutter (Raw Tonk), a limited edition live CD recorded at The Vortex Jazz Club in London.

Mark Holub is best known as leader of avant-jazz quintet Led Bib, a unit with a discography that boasts several critically acclaimed albums. Now a resident of Vienna, he is also highly active within the Austrian experimental music community. Colin Webster has collaborated with many of the key figures of improvised music, including Archie Shepp, Joseph Bowie, Steve Noble, and Alex Ward, as well as burgeoning heavyweights of the underground Sheik Anorak and Dead Neanderthals.

Viscera was recorded in one day at the notorious Dropout Studios in South London, a nexus for many of the city's underground noise rock bands. With this aesthetic in mind, the duo approached producer Tim Cedar (Part Chimp) to imbue the record with it's starkly heavy sound. No discussion was had before the takes were recorded, holding true to the duo’s high-energy, “just start” ethos--- the only exception being the final tribute to the mighty Roscoe Mitchell, on ‘Chant’.

Viscera is a biting, propulsive artifact from rising stars of the European avant underground."-New Atlantis

Artist Biographies:

Colin Webster is an improvising saxophonist based in London. He is a frequent collaborator with Mark Holub, Graham Dunning, Andrew Lisle, John Dikeman, &c.

-Squidco 8/8/2017

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