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Tromans, Doctor Steve: The Way (FMR)

A member of the Paul Dunmall Quintet and Ed Gauden's Crux, Birmingham UK pianist, composer and band leader Steve Tromans presents an album of original work, lyrical and introspective pieces improvised in the studio as a response to the duress of the global pandemic, motivated to record on a great piano in the great Sansom Studio based on recent life experiences.

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UPC: 642415162791

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 609
Squidco Product Code: 30337

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at Sansom Studios, in Birmingham, UK, on October 31st, 2020, by Olly Sansom.


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"Steve Tromans is a pianist and composer working in the interrelated fields of jazz and improvised music. He has released a total of 18 albums to date, given in the region of 6,000 performances in the UK, Europe, and internationally, and composed over 100 works. In recent years he has been undertaking philosophical research via the modes of music performance in jazz and improvising music, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Birmingham City University. In 2014, he received publication in Artistic Experimentation in Music : An Anthology (Leuven, Leuven Press), and has had articles printed in The Swedish Journal of Musicology, and Performance Research. For further information on Tromans' various music-making projects."

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track listing:

1. Seekings, Finding: A Way 19:34

2. Manifest 4:12

3. Visitation 2:22

4. The Way 11:36

5. Epilogue 3:24
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Q. what is the Philosophy of THE WAY? albums write themselves /
it is the job of the musician to stay out of the way as much as possible //
by staying out of the way you follow THE WAY //
/ a way becomes THE WAY in its act of doing /
an album that gets written on the way to its WAY //
an act of death~birth~redemption //
/ THE WAY to this album /
a 40 minute walk to the station, a 40 minute train journey, a 40 minute walk to the studio //
a way that became THE WAY //
/ this way led from death depression despair /
thru re-birth re-semblance re-surrection //
to eternal return nietzsche deleuze tromans //
this way led from one place to another to another /
on foot, by rail, by foot //
thru a rainstorm, a wrong way that then became part of THE WAY, a flooded ford, a bridge across //
/ that was the way /
became THE WAY to its album, waiting to be born from death~birth~redemption //
QED //
/"-Doctor Stephen Tromans esq

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