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"Biathanatos introduced New Zealanders Matthew Mitchell and Duncan Haynes to Leo Records' audience of avant jazz-ophiles and free improv fans. But this duo is somewhat atypical of the revered English label. Haynes' highly melodious, sof...
 

Haynes, Duncan / Matthew Mitchell
Biathanatos [Used Item]

Haynes, Duncan / Matthew Mitchell : Biathanatos <i>[Used Item]</i> (Leo)

Label: Leo    
Released in: Great Britain    


"Biathanatos introduced New Zealanders Matthew Mitchell and Duncan Haynes to Leo Records' audience of avant jazz-ophiles and free improv fans. But this duo is somewhat atypical of the revered English label. Haynes' highly melodious, soft-spoken, bop-rooted piano playing has little to do with the daring music that usually finds a home here. Mitchell's delicate electric guitar work and nonintrusive electronic treatments even emphasize the gentleness of the music. Piano-wise, Carolyn Hume immediately comes to mind (her duo releases with Paul May rank among the easiest listens offered on Leo), while the guitar occasionally evokes Ben Monder's volume pedal-driven melancholy, especially in the opener, "Night Is As the Sun to No Ordinary Thing." The second and third parts of "Triptych" contain more abstract or deconstructed guitar lines and some prepared piano; "Metaxia" is more textural than melodic or harmonic. In the long run, though, what the listener remembers from this album is itssoft-spoken attitude and its intellectual prettiness -- the tunes don't really speak to the soul, but their refinement is certainly pleasing, like in "Les Fauves" and "Incarnation." The set concludes on a piece with gospel inflections, "Salaspils," a perfect summary of the duo's chemistry and deep understanding. Some listeners will find Biathanatos lacking in avant-gardist flair or substance, but there would be no point in denying its artistry, creativity, and understated charm.:-Francois couture, allmusic.com



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Product Information:

New unsealed CD in mint shape.

UPC: 5024792039326

Label: Leo
Catalog ID: CD LR 393
Squidco Product Code: 20458

Format: CD
Condition: VG
Released: 2004
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Case
Selected tracks taken from concerts recorded in Hungary on August 24 and 25, 2003 by Sandor Bajnoczi.

This is a USED (previously owned) item
Personnel:

Duncan Haynes-piano

Matthew Mitchell-guitar, electronics

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Track Listing:

1. Night Is As The Sun To No Ordinary Thing 8:49

2. Les Fauves 4:34

3. Biathanatos 4:36

4. Metaxia 6:43

5. Incarnation 10:03

6. Triptych Part 1 10:25

7. Triptych Part 2 2:52

8. Triptych Part 3 4:10

9. Salaspils 4:32