Superb free improvisation from the UK trio of Nathaniel Catchpole on tenor sax, John Edwards on double bass, and Eddie Prevost on drums and bowed tam-tam, three generations of improvisers pushing the envelope of spontaneous composition in accomplished and playful dialog.
Catalog ID: MRCD95
Squidco Product Code: 21245
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded by Giovanni La Rovere.
Nathaniel Catchpole-tenor saxophone
John Edwards-double bass
Eddie Prevost-drums, bowed tam-tam
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1. Beyond The Barrier - Part I 38:33
2. Beyond The Barrier - Part II 31:55
3. Beyond The Barrier - Part III 9:21
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"[...] Nothing changes. However, how do we initiate or revive a sense of investigation? How do we push beyond the merely presentational? Market acceptability is surely a too limited artistic objective. Maybe, no objective at all. Contrary to what so many commentators and educators promulgate, there is always somewhere else to go, to explore, to enlarge and enhance. Being content with one's lot is aesthetic (and maybe political) death. There are no fixed objectives as characterized and circumscribed by systems and conventions.
Within these digitally configured sounds you will hear cross-generational responses. Nathaniel Catchpole (b. 1980), John Edwards (b. 1964) and myself (b. 1942). Negotiating the challenges of uncertainty. What might seem to be (upon repeated listening) a fixed pattern was, in performance, a series of questions and choices. How, for example, to related to the given (traditional or conventional) parameters of instrumental technique and performance. How much should we push, pull, nudge and test anticipated responses? And, how much should we try the patience of our fellow musicians and our audience? These considerations are not necessarily barriers to playful creativity. There are always -- joyfully -- limits to surmount and other horizons to be viewed."-Eddie Prevost, from the liner notes..
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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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