The long-running trio of Paul Hubweber on trombone, Paul Lovens on drums, and John Edwards on double bass in an album releasing a radio concert from Croatia in 2003, and another from Klangbrucke in 2009; highly attuned free improv with near-telepathic dialog from three masters.
PaPaJo (Hubweber / Lovens / Edwards)
Spiela [2 CDs]
Label: Creative Sources
Released in: Portugal
"In 2016 PaPaJo has its fifteenth anniversary. This encouraged us to publish this double CD. It includes a concert from the early days and another one from a recent period.
2003 after an eight hour travel in a tiny car coming from Nickelsdorf we reached Zagreb. 20 minutes before the concert. So, 1st set was sound check, 42 degree, dustry room but the audience fell in love.
Aachen 2009 set up because Paul Lovens was granted a wild card for his 60th birthday. His choice was "ein Band der wirklichen Spieler". "What did you say?...Spiela??" John asked. To us this is the particular poetry of PaPaJo."-PaPaJo
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"Born in Aachen, Germany, 6 June 1949; Drums, percussion, musical saw, etc.
Paul Lovens played the drums as a child. Self-taught, from the age of 14 he played in groups of various jazz styles and popular musics and from 1969 has worked almost exclusively as an improvisor on individually selected instruments. He has worked internationally with most of the leading musicians in free jazz and free improvisation, among whom have included the Globe Unity Orchestra, the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, the Schlippenbach trio, Quintet Moderne, Company, and a duo with Paul Lytton. He has undertaken concert tours in more than 40 countries, is a founder member of a musician's cooperative and has produced recordings for his own label, Po Torch Records since 1976. He has worked with painter Herbert Bardenheuer. Despite very rare solo performances, and although giving occasional concerts with ad-hoc groups and an involvement in projects with film, dance and actors, Paul Lovens' main interest and work is musical improvisation in fixed small groups. In the mid-1990s these small groups numbered around 16, of which a few were part of a special selection, called 'vermögen'.
Paul Lovens somehow epitomises the free drummer/percussionist who is not there to lay down the beat and kick everyone else into action but to listen, colour, contribute, guide, and occasionally direct, the overall cooperative sound. In concert one cannot fail to be moved by his intensity and concentration and there is an overiding feeling that even the most random events are somehow planned in time. In this respect, there is a nice irony that on the Nothing to read CD with Mats Gustafsson, Lovens describes his kit as consisting of 'selected and unselected drums and cymbals'. Miking seems to be a problem at times with some recordings giving him undue prominence and others insufficient. Good recordings are Elf bagatellen, Nothing to read, Pakistani pomade, and ,stranger than love."-European Free Improv (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mlovens.html)
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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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Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs 340
Squidco Product Code: 22051
Format: 2 CDs
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
CD 1 recorded at KTSE in Zagreb, Croatia, on May 11th, 2003.
CD 2 recorded at Klangbrucke in Aachen, Germany on May 7th, 2009.
Paul Hubweber-trombone, voice
Paul Lovens-drums, cymbals
John Edwards-double Bass
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1. S C 24:24
2. First Love 7:39
3. Trobadus 13:46
4. Sla Bamba Saw 11:36
5. T' Guyz 9:07
6. Z' Tks 5:18 CD2
1. Acart Beat 20:25
2. Donnalittchen 12:03
3. Scratches 'N Satches 23:18
4. Bamb Danca 6:47
5. Fin De 2:10