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Toronto Area Improvisation


 
Abbott, Simeon + Bent Spoon Duo: saigon, you crazy diamond
Abbott, Simeon + Bent Spoon Duo:
saigon, you crazy diamond

(Bug Incision Records -- Canada )


Price: $11.95    




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Two dense, 20-minute tracks of physical, visceral playing from prepared electric guitarist Simeon Abbot with the Bent Spoon Duo: percussionist Chris Dadge and viola/trombone player Scott Munro.

AIMToronto Orchestra: Year of the Boar
AIMToronto Orchestra:
Year of the Boar

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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AIMTorotono Orchestra under the direction of Kyle Brenders was formed in 2007 to perform the music of Anthony Braxton, here in their first studio album of original compositions for their own sophisticated repertoire.

Barnyard Drama: Christmas Singalong Volume 6
Barnyard Drama:
Christmas Singalong Volume 6

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Toronto's Xmas series with an amazing lineup Jean Martin, Christine Duncan, John Southworth, Tania Gill, Kyle Brenders, Justin Haynes, Julia Hambleton, DB Boyko, &c. &c.

Barnyard Drama: Christmas Singalong Volume 7
Barnyard Drama:
Christmas Singalong Volume 7

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Barnyard Drama continues their Christmas Singalong series, here in the 7th volume with an amazing lineup of Jean Martin, Christine Duncan, John Southworth, Justin Haynes, John Oswald, &c. &c.

Barnyard Drama: Christmas Singalong Volume 8
Barnyard Drama:
Christmas Singalong Volume 8

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.00    




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The 8th eclectic Christmas Singalong from Toronto's Barnyard Drama with performers and guests including Jean Martin, Christine Duncan, John Southworth, Justin Haynes, Paul Dutton, Jim Lewis, Scott Thomson, &c.

Barnyard Drama: Martin, Jean: I'm a Navvy
Barnyard Drama: Martin, Jean:
I'm a Navvy

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Toronto's amazing husband & wife team drummer Jean Martin and unusual vocalist Christine Duncan with guest guitarist Justin Haynes and Bernard Falaise, recommended!

Barnyard Drama: Memories and a List of Things to Do
Barnyard Drama:
Memories and a List of Things to Do

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Drummer and electronic artist Jean Martin joins forces with amazing vocalist Christine Duncan for an album of rhythmic soundscapes and free vocal improvisation.

Blah Blah 666: It's Only Life!
Blah Blah 666:
It's Only Life!

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $10.80    




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An eclectic assortment of old-fashioned entertainment, pre-harmonic bop, and Canada's new wave of avant garde mariachi from Jean Martin, Nick Fraser, Justin Haynes, &c..

Brenders, Kyle / Brandon Valdivia: S/T
Brenders, Kyle / Brandon Valdivia:
S/T

(Bug Incision Records -- Canada )


Price: $11.95    




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Toronto creative improviser multi-reedist Kyle Brenders (AIMToronto, The Rent) in an unhurried and intuitive duo with the drummer & percussionist of his quartet Brandon Miguel Valdivia (Not The Wind, Not The Flag).

Drumheller: Sometimes Machine
Drumheller:
Sometimes Machine

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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The Toronto jazz quintet Drumheller with Nick Fraser on drums, Eric Chenaux on guitar, Brodie West on sax, Rob Cloutton on bass and Doug Tielli on trombone mix avant and traditional jazz with a variety of musical forms to create persuasive and thoroughly enjoyable music.

Element Choir, The & William Parker: At Christ Church Deer Park
Element Choir, The & William Parker:
At Christ Church Deer Park

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Jean Martin and Christine Duncan lead this Toronto collective with more than 60 choir members in a stunning improvisational setting, here performing at Christ Church Deer Park with NY bassist William Parker.

Freedman, Lori & Scott Thomson: Plumb
Freedman, Lori & Scott Thomson:
Plumb

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $14.95    




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A recording of wide-ranging, freely improvised solos and duets by Montreal clarinetist and bass clarinetist Lori Freedman & Toronto trombonist Scott Thomson.

Gill, Tania: Bolger Station
Gill, Tania:
Bolger Station

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Pianist Tania Gill with Lina Allemano on trumpet, Clinton Ryder on bass and Jean Martin on drums, music informed by American song forms, Bartok, free improvisation and the northern Ontario landscape.

Haynes, Justin: Birder
Haynes, Justin:
Birder

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $14.95    




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Birder started as a piece for solo tenor banjo to study of the music of Charlie Parker (Bird), an exhaustive work with Christine Duncan's trombone and theremin at the end.

Hobson's Choice: Of The Waves
Hobson's Choice:
Of The Waves

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Canada's songwriting Hobson's Choice has developed into a tightly knit ensemble embracing elements of jazz, chamber, and singer-songwriter traditions, with sound-worlds ranging from midnight deep-woods marimba ballads to sunny cicada-sung anthems.

Keith, Michael / Oswald, John / Turner, Roger: Number Nine
Keith, Michael / Oswald, John / Turner, Roger:
Number Nine

(Emanem -- Great Britain )


Price: $16.95    




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Michael Keith (acoustic guitar, voice) plays with John Oswald (alto saxophone) and Roger Turner (percussion) in seven improvised pieces recorded in studio in Toronto in 2005.

Lewis, Downing & Martin: On a Short Path from Memory to Forgotten
Lewis, Downing & Martin:
On a Short Path from Memory to Forgotten

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $14.95    




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This exquisite improvising trio in a passionate and lyrical sequence of group improvisations, introducing one of Toronto's extraordinary creative music ensembles.

Martin / Lozano / Lewis / Wiens / Duncan: At Canterbury
Martin / Lozano / Lewis / Wiens / Duncan:
At Canterbury

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Saxophonist Frank Lozano brings together four other artists for a first time collaboration that results in this groovy, soulful, and passionate live studio recording.

Martin / Turcotte / Haynes: Get Together Weather
Martin / Turcotte / Haynes:
Get Together Weather

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Vancouver's The Trio - drummer Jean Martin, guitarist Justin Haynes, trumpeter Kevin Turcotte - plays the music of...Dr. Seuss (The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T) and Rogers (Oklahoma).

Martin, Jean / Colin Fisher: Little Man on the Boat
Martin, Jean / Colin Fisher:
Little Man on the Boat

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $14.95    




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Drummer and loopster Jean Martin with multi-instrumentalist Colin Fisher in a veritable orchestra of sound resources, inspired and imaginative studio work.

Martin, Jean / Evan Shaw: Piano Music
Martin, Jean / Evan Shaw:
Piano Music

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Much more than a simple duo, with overdubbed saxophone Martin & Shaw make large and complex environments & orchestral sections over which they nimbly improvise.

Martin, Jean: At the Farm
Martin, Jean:
At the Farm

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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After touring Canada extensively for 3 years the trio of Jean Martin, Justin Haynes and Kevin Turcotte released this CD of wide-ranging and excellent recordings.

not the wind not the flag: Tintinabulum
not the wind not the flag:
Tintinabulum

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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A beautifully building release of guitar and percussion, one long track that adds intensity from lovely minimalism to Fripp-ian chords and driving drum work.

Parker / Neal / Sorbara: At Somewhere There
Parker / Neal / Sorbara:
At Somewhere There

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $12.95    




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British saxophonist Evan Parker came to Toronto in 2009 as a guest of the AIMToronto (Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto) Interface Series, recording his trio with Wes Neal (double bass) and Joe Sorbara (drums).

Parker, William: At Somewhere There
Parker, William:
At Somewhere There

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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William Parker performed these three solo pieces at Tortono's Somewhere There, performing on acoustic bass, dousn'gouni and double flute, distinctive and inspired solo work.

Rampersaud / Shaw / Neal / Martin / Krakawiac: Halcyon Science130410
Rampersaud / Shaw / Neal / Martin / Krakawiac:
Halcyon Science130410

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Intelligent and inspired compositions by saxophonist Evan Shaw and trumpeter Nicole Rampersaud performed with Jean Martin (drums and laptop), Wes Neal (double bass), and Tomasz Krakowiak (percussion).

Saint Dirt Elementary School: Abandoned Ballroom
Saint Dirt Elementary School:
Abandoned Ballroom

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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The chamber rock 8 piece Saint Dirt Elementary School ensemble in their second release on Barnyard, superb sophisticated compositions reminiscent of L'Ensemble Raye or Conventum.

Saint Dirt Elementary School: Ice Cream Man Dreams
Saint Dirt Elementary School:
Ice Cream Man Dreams

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Guitarist and composer Myk Freedman's little big band, a salon orchestra that's both entertaining and remarkably sophisticated, a playground of styles and ideas.

Southworth, John: Human Cry
Southworth, John:
Human Cry

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Songwriter/singer John Southworth, supremely crafted, elegiac songs featuring Barnyard artists Justin Haynes on guitar, Jean Martin on drums and Andrew Downing on bass.

T H O M A S: Janela
T H O M A S:
Janela

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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T H O M A S is the ongoing brainchild of Toronto's Thom Gill, since 2009 exploring the world of song, at home and abroad, through pieces that blur the lines between pop and avant-garde.

Vertical Squirrels (Fischlin, Heble, Melville, Warren): Time of the Sign
Vertical Squirrels (Fischlin, Heble, Melville, Warren):
Time of the Sign

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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An incredibly informed instant-composing ensemble drawing on free jazz and post rock sensibilities with nods to Indian ragas, jazz-inflected minimalism, Zappa-esque bouts of sonic anarchy, and German rock music from the 1970s, captured live at Toronto, Guelph and Hamilton, Canada in 2012.

Bret Higgins Atlas Revolt: Higgins, Bret; Atlas Revolt
Bret Higgins Atlas Revolt:
Higgins, Bret; Atlas Revolt

(Tzadik -- USA )


Price: $14.95    




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A Canadian quintet led by double bassist Bret Higgins (Zebrina) merging latin, R&B, soul, film soundtracks, jazz and more into moody and infectious grooves, lyrical and upbeat music that borrows freely from a variety of world and folk styles in exuberant ways.

Dixon Orchestra, Bill: 17 Musicians In Search of a Sound: Darfur
Dixon Orchestra, Bill:
17 Musicians In Search of a Sound: Darfur

(Aum Fidelity -- USA )


Price: $14.95    




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Legendary trumpeter, composer and educator Bill Dixon in a 17 piece orchestra playing original compositions live at the 12th Vision Festival in New York City.

Parker, William Quartet: Sound Unity
Parker, William Quartet:
Sound Unity

(Aum Fidelity -- USA )


Price: $13.95    




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Rent, The (Thomson / Neal / Fraser/ Brenders / Hood): Musique de Steve Lacy
Rent, The (Thomson / Neal / Fraser/ Brenders / Hood):
Musique de Steve Lacy

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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This Toronto quintet spent two years researching and performing the music of Steve Lacy, focusing on the vocal works, which they play with precision, imagination and love.

Drake, Hamid / Sylvain Kassap: Heads Or Tails [2 CDs]
Drake, Hamid / Sylvain Kassap:
Heads Or Tails [2 CDs]

(RogueArt -- France )


Price: $23.95    




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A masterful fountain of melodic ideas, intriguing rhythms, and exceptional technical skill from the duo of Hamid Drake on drums and frame drum, and Sylvain Kassap on clarinets and chalumeau, recording live at the France Musique at Studio Theatre d’Alfortville and in the studio.

Judson Trio (Joelle Leandre / Mat Maneri / Gerald Cleaver): An Air of Unreality [VINYL]
Judson Trio (Joelle Leandre / Mat Maneri / Gerald Cleaver):
An Air of Unreality [VINYL]

(RogueArt -- France )


Price: $19.95    




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A live performance at Judson Church in Manhattan as part of the 20th Vision Festival from the NY/France free improvising trio of Joelle Leandre on double bass, Mat Maneri on viola, and Gerald Cleaver on drums and percussion, two tracks of steadily building, incredibly compatible dialog.

Fraser, Nick (w/ Malaby / Downing / Clutton): Is Life Long?
Fraser, Nick (w/ Malaby / Downing / Clutton):
Is Life Long?

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


Price: $14.95    




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Toronto drummer Nick Fraser leads the quartet of Tony Malaby on saxophones, Andrew Downing on cellos, and Rob Clutton on bass in their 3rd album together, presenting 6 Fraser original compositions, using both string players to create unique harmonic environments over which they combine lyrical and contemporary approaches to jazz and improv.

Palmer, Juliet: Rivers
Palmer, Juliet:
Rivers

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Composer and vocalists Juliet Palmer leads an ensemble of vocalists through works that use layering of voices using lyrics from Emily Dickinson, Nicholas Power, Julie Salverson, Anna Cahtterton, and Christine Duncan, a fascinating mixture of haunting acappella interaction, solo voice, and one work with electronic backing and one over an ultrasound.

Shed Metal (Daniel Kernohan / Dan Lander): Equivalent Insecurity
Shed Metal (Daniel Kernohan / Dan Lander):
Equivalent Insecurity

(Spool -- Canada )


Price: $9.95    




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Verge Music founder Daniel Kernohan aka Dee Kay and radio host Dan Lander developed this album of electroacoustic interaction between 1987-1989 in a dilapidated row house on "the wrong side of the tracks" in Toronto, using "instruments, toys, stuff, sound" to create an amusing, sometimes startling, and insightful series of interactions; unpredictable and interesting.

Fraser, Nick / Kris Davis / Tony Malaby (with Laubrock & Allemano): Zoning
Fraser, Nick / Kris Davis / Tony Malaby (with Laubrock & Allemano):
Zoning

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $11.95    




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Recording in Toronto, the core trio of drummer Nick Fraser, saxophonist Tony Malaby and pianist Kris Davis are joined on four tracks by tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and trumpeter Lina Allemano, in an album of composed and collective improvisation, merging Toronto, NY and European influences in an accomplished album of diverse approaches and orchestrations.

Fisher, Colin Quartet: Living Midnight
Fisher, Colin Quartet:
Living Midnight

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $11.95    




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Toronto-area saxophonist Colin Fisher, best known for his group I Have Eaten The City, with his collective quartet of NY players Daniel Carter on tenor, alto & soprano saxophones + clarinet & flute, Brandon Lopez on upright bass, and Marc Edwards on drums & percussion, for three extended and exploratory improvisations of exemplary creative insight.

Martin & Haynes: Freedman
Martin & Haynes:
Freedman

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Lyrical and sophisticated improvisations performed on just a ukulele and a suitcase from these Toronto musicians playing the compositions of lap steel player Myk Freedman

Martin, Haynes and Driver: Freedman at Western Front
Martin, Haynes and Driver:
Freedman at Western Front

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $10.80    




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"Crude Jazz" from the Toronto trio of Jean Haynes on ukulele, Jean Martinon suitcase, and Ryan Driver on street-sweeper bristle bass, lovely bare-bones jazz using makeshift instruments, captured live in Vancouver.

Musicworks: #123 Fall 2015 [MAGAZINE + CD]
Musicworks:
#123 Fall 2015 [MAGAZINE + CD]

(Musicworks -- Canada )


Price: $15.95    




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Features: The Expanding Universe of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan; Yamantaka // Sonic Titan; The Retro Aesthetic of Le Revelateur; JOYFULTALK (Drip Audio); Muuixx; Hard Rubber Orchestra; Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville; Allison Cameron and Contact; plus live and recorded reviews.

Various Artists: Barnyard Drama Christmas Singalong Vol. 5
Various Artists:
Barnyard Drama Christmas Singalong Vol. 5

(Barnyard -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Put this one in your Wishlist for the next holiday season: 5th in a series drawing on Vancouver's best; unusual approaches to the classics in a oddly skewed yet sentimental ways.

Hansen, Mike & Tomasz Krakowiak: Relay
Hansen, Mike & Tomasz Krakowiak:
Relay

(Spool -- Canada )


Price: $12.95    




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Influenced by experimental and electroacoustic practices, Hansen & Krakowiak attack and disseminate turntables and percussion through improvisations built on layers of sound and interpolated instrumentation.

Israelievitch / Reitzenstein / Stewart / Young: The Test Tubes
Israelievitch / Reitzenstein / Stewart / Young:
The Test Tubes

(Spool -- Canada )


Price: $12.95    




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Part of a sound installation and exhibition of sculptural work by Reinhard Reitzenstein, the Test Tubes perform with strings, glass instruments, and unique instruments to create music of unusual and complex timbral combinations.

Fisher, Colin Quartet: Living Midnight [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Fisher, Colin Quartet:
Living Midnight [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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Toronto-area saxophonist Colin Fisher, best known for his group I Have Eaten The City, with his collective quartet of NY players Daniel Carter on tenor, alto & soprano saxophones + clarinet & flute, Brandon Lopez on upright bass, and Marc Edwards on drums & percussion, for three extended and exploratory improvisations of exemplary creative insight.

Keita, Aly / Jan Galega Bronnimann / Lucas Niggli: Kalan Teban
Keita, Aly / Jan Galega Bronnimann / Lucas Niggli:
Kalan Teban

(Intakt -- Switzerland )


Price: $17.95    




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Absolutely compelling rhythms and grooves from this trio bringing together Ivory Coast balafon player Aly Keita with Cameroon clarinetist and saxophonist Jan Galega Bronnimann and Swiss drummer Lucas Niggli, who was born in West Cameroon, the trio bringing strong African rhythms and melodic progressions to their propulsive and joyful improvisations.

Brice, Olie / Rachel Musson / Mark Sanders: Immense Blue <i>[Used Item]</i>
Brice, Olie / Rachel Musson / Mark Sanders:
Immense Blue [Used Item]

(West Hill Records -- UK )


Price: $10.00    




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From the fertile London free improv scene comes this substantial concert recorded at the Vortex Jazz Club in 2022 by the trio of Olie Brice on double bass, Rachel Musson on tenor saxophone and Mark Sanders on drums, three highly compatible players from two generations of improvisers in three extended improvisations of energetic free jazz balanced by contemplative exploration.

Durrant, Phil / Daniel Thompson: Live / Studio <i>[Used Item]</i>
Durrant, Phil / Daniel Thompson:
Live / Studio [Used Item]

(Bead -- UK )


Price: $10.00    




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The improvising string duo of stalwart London improvisers, Daniel Thompson on acoustic guitar and Phil Durrant on the octave mandola, are heard in two settings of texturally rich, intricate interactions, first at Cafe OTO in 2022 for an extended improvisation, then at Cable Street Studios two months later for six succint, impressively diverse dialogs.



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Fraser, Nick (w/ Malaby / Downing / Clutton): Is Life Long?

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Martin / Turcotte / Haynes: Get Together Weather

Gill, Tania: Bolger Station

Martin, Jean / Evan Shaw: Piano Music

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Martin, Jean: At the Farm

Blah Blah 666: It's Only Life!

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Hobson's Choice: Of The Waves

Barnyard Drama: Christmas Singalong Volume 8

Drumheller: Sometimes Machine

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