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Musson, Rachel: Dreamsing (577 Records)

The debut solo album of London tenor saxophonist Rachel Musson, the title a wordplay on the spoken word interactions that accompanying her unique voice on the sax -- gritty melodic lines trading off with unusual asides and techniques -- engaging the listener as she interjects words, phrases and utterance that serve as jumping off points to direct her improvisations.

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UPC: 755491195932

Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: 5848
Squidco Product Code: 30233

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Pretty Good Studios and Patten House Hotel, on January 10th, 2020, and May 21st, 2020, by Steve Pretty and Graham Silcock.


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Artist Biographies:

"Rachel Musson is a saxophonist, improviser and composer living in London, UK. She is involved with a variety of improvisation projects, including a trio with Hannah Marshall and Julie Kjaer, a duo with vibraphonist Corey Mwamba, and a trio with Mark Sanders and John Edwards. She has released two albums under her own name, one featuring Liam Noble and Mark Sanders (Tatterdemalion, Babel Records), and one featuring her ensemble Skein (Flight Line, F-ire Recorded Music). She also plays with the London Improvisers Orchestra and Alex Ward's Quintet and Sextet, and has performed with a diverse range of musicians on the fluid European improvising scene, including Alcyona Mick, Han Bennink, Liam Noble, Gail Brand, Eddie Prevost, Olie Brice, Federico Ughi, Mary Halvorson, John Russell, Adam Linson, Sebastian Rochford, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Pat Thomas, among many others."

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track listing:

1. Reeling 4:28

2. Peurgh 1:41

3. For Pauline 8:05

4. Slip 1:11

5. Trollo 1:48

6. Meloose 2:09

7. Twelveses 1:34

8. Leavenses 1:09

9. Slimpets 2:50

10. Parakeet Pete 1:26

11. Syncope 2:53

12. Lighthousing 1:00

13. Percy Patsy 2:37

14. Dotses 1:57

15. Slinks 1:00

16. Goodbyesing 1:01
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"With her debut solo album, Dreamsing, saxophonist Rachel Musson deepens her improvisational practice and sharpens her unique sound. Recorded in London, Musson's studio session for this album was scheduled at the precipice of the pandemic last year, and the resulting project is emblematic of that deeply uncertain era. It's a record full of gestures and thoughts that preoccupied her creative practice before and during an unpredictable time.

Apart from a scattered handful of words used as prompts, the album was improvised entirely on tenor saxophone; and like some of her previous work, it's a unique interplay between spoken word poetry alongside texturally lush saxophone.

This album follows Musson's I Went This Way (577 Records, October 2020), and shares similarly meta-analytical themes about the improvisational process. Musson also features on other 577 Records albums, including the two Shifa LPs, alongside Pat Thomas and Mark Sanders, and a feature on Federico Ughi's Transoceanico LP."-577 Records

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