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Eclectic Maybe Band: Again Alors? (Discus)

Led by Univers Zero bassist and composer Guy Seger, the third album from Eclectic Maybe Band combines elements of rock, jazz, electronic and abstract landscapes, performed by an ensemble of chamber rock players including Discus label leader Martin Archer, varying groupings within the band focusing on each section in a mix of composed and improvised approaches.
 

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Guy Segers-bass, virtual keyboards, drums, samples

Carla Diratz-vocals, whistle

Cathryn Robson-vocals

Pierre Bernard-flute

Roland Binet-flute

Stephan Kohr-bassoon, contrabassoon

Martin Archer-clarinet

Dirk Descheemaeker-clarinet, bass clarinet

Dave Newhoude-saxophones, bass clarinet

Joe Hogham-clarinet, keyboards

Jean Pierre Soarez-trumpet

Cecile Broche-violin

Ariane Plumerel-violin

Sigrid Vandenbogaerde-cello

Catherine Smet-piano

Andy Kirk-keyboards

Kazuyuki Kishino-ghost machine

Michel Delville-e guitar

Angel Ontalva-guitar

Pascal Vaucel-guitar

Fabrice Owerzarzak-drums


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UPC: 5051078993225

Label: Discus
Catalog ID: 130CD
Squidco Product Code: 31726

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: UK
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded At Argonote, Brussels, Belgium, by Cathryn Robson.

At Tango Studios, Ipswich, UK / At Prima Natura Studio, Kanagawa, Japan, by Kazuyuki Kishino.

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"Eclectic Maybe Band is the creation of Guy Segers, a player / composer / producer first prominent as bassist with legendary band Univers Zero, and subsequently active in many live and studio projects. "Again Alors?" is the third release by EMB which brings together detailed studio work with the creativity of real time improvisation.

Using different groupings from within a large ensemble cast, which includes many well-known names, Guy has created an album where half the tracks are drawn from live improvisation in the studio and half are created from the ground up with players adding their composed or improvised parts one at a time. In both cases Guy assumes the role of master arranger, taking the improvisations as raw material and sculpting them into finished pieces.

This richly detailed new release takes the listener on a journey through rock, jazz, electronic and abstract landscapes packed with detail."-Discus



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Artist Biographies

Guy Segers

. ..BIOGRAPHY:

.. 1965 - Start to play the bass.

.. 1968 - Plays in various local rock bands.

1970 - Meets Roger TRIGAUX with whom I form an innovative rock group with our own compositions.

1973 - Birth of the group "NECRONOMICON" with Roger TRIGAUX, Daniel DENIS, Claude DERON and Guy DENIS. Playing our own compositions, mostly influenced by Tony WILLIAMS "LIFETIME", "MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA", Miles DAVIS and Manfred MANN's "CHAPTER THREE", among others.

1974 - Creation of the group "UNIVERS ZERO" with Daniel DENIS, Roger TRIGAUX, Claude DERON, Vincent MOTOULLE, Patrick HANAPPIER and John VAN RYMENANT.

1978 - Play with the "WIM BIG BAND" with Fred VAN HOVE" including occasional guests such as Peter BRÖTZMANN . Evan PARKER, Peter KOWALD, Albert MANGELSDORF, and numerous Belgian musicians including some of UNIVERS ZERO.
1978 - First concerts abroad with UNIVERS ZERO, including reunion concerts with the French band "ART ZOYD"

1979 - Live concert with the experimental project "MUSIQUE FLEXIBLE", including Marc HOLLANDER, Vincent KENIS, Denis VAN HECKE, Franck WUYTS.
1979 - Recording the second UNIVERS ZERO album "Hérésie" with Daniel DENIS, Roger TRIGAUX, Patrick HANAPPIER and Michel BERCKMANS, followed by a European tour.

1981 - Recording of the third UNIVERS ZERO album "Ceux Du Dehors" with Michel BERCKMANS, Patrick HANAPPIER, Andy KIRK, Daniel DENIS, and Thierry ZABOITZEFF, Jean-Luc AIMÉ, Jean DEBEFVE, Ilona CHALE as guests, followed by a European tour.
1981 - Played in the electric jazz group "DEFORMATION" including Alain ROCHETTE and Daniel DENIS.

1982 - Tour with the group "PRESENT", with Roger TRIGAUX, Daniel DENIS and Alain ROCHETTE.
1982 - Recording the one side single vinyl "Triomphe Des Mouches" by UNIVERS ZERO and tour with the band.
1982 - Recording of "Influences" a title by UNIVERS ZERO on a compilation for "Recommended Records" with among others, Robert WYATT, The RESIDENTS and ARTZOYD.

1983 - Recording of "Crawling Wind" a UNIVERS ZERO extended single and touring with the band.
1983 - Meet and jam with KRÄLDJURSANSTALTEN in Sweden.
1983 - Co-founder of the improvisation group "LIQUIDATION TOTALE" with Daniel DENIS, Franck WUYTS and Michel DELORY, playing a kind of Tony Williams - Miles Davis direction.

1984 - Start mail exchange of work on tape cassette with the American band "CARTOON".

1987 - Plays with the group INTERACTIONS including Mark BOGAERTS and Garrett LIST

1986 - Recorded as guest on "Happy Accidents" CD from the group "RASCAL REPORTERS"
1987 - Plays with PRINCESSE MANSIA M'BILA's Congolese band.

1987 - Plays with the punk rock group HU-YENG

1988 - Plays with "THE MORTON FORK GANG", with Geoff LEIGH, Joe HIGHAM, Daniel STOKART, Jan KUIJKEN, Mark BOGAERTS and Daniel DENIS.

1989 - Plays with the Celtic Folk band SUZIE SOFTWARE & The PERIPHERALS with Alan WARD ex UNIVERS ZERO violinist, but also Michael DEVLIN, Steve SHAW and Suzette O'BRIEN on vocals.
1989 - Plays in concert with the group X-LEGGED SALLY.

1990 - Release of "Toujours Plus A L' Est" by UNIVERS ZERO on a compilation called "Enneade", with amongst others, the group MAGMA
1990 - Rejoins the ethnic-jazz group GALILEO'S LEFT WING with Luk MISHALLE, Danny DE CORT and Dirk WACHTELAER
1990 - Rejoins the group ANOUK & COMMENTS.
1990 - Participates to a few concerts with the mega group THE SIMPLETONES including numerous Belgian and English musicians.

1991 - Founds ARGONOTE with Alan WARD, a management agency principally focused on promoting Belgian artists.
1991 - Playing with the somewhat sarcastic / "tongue in cheek" band NEW VIVOLA, with compositions and direction(s) by Johan DE SMET

1992 - Creates CARBON 7 a record company with Alan WARD.
1992 - Plays with X-LEGGED SALLY, this time including Pierre VERVLOESEM and Jean-Luc PLOUVIER.

1993 - Play and produce the CD "Live" from GALILEO'S LEFT WIND.
1993 - Play a few titles on Daniel DENIS' solo album "Les Eaux Troubles"

1994 - Creation of "CARBON 7 Distribution" for Belgium.
1994 - Becomes member of the Rock group "GUTS !", including Fabienne VANDENPLAS, Arianne PLUMEREL, Luc VAN LIESHOUT, Eric LEMAÎTRE, Matvei BILIS, and Thierry CARCAN.
1994 - Play bass on the CD "Each In Our Own Thoughts" by Tim HODGKINSON including some unreleased titles from HENRY COW with Dagmar KRAUSE on vocals, but also Chris CUTLER, Lindsay COOPER, Bill GILONIS, Rick WILSON among others.
1994 - Produce and plays as guest on "Home Made", the first Pierre VERVLOESEM" solo album.

1995 - Releases "Onde Crépusculaire", a composition initially written for Univers Zéro, on a compilation by "Cuneïform Records", under the name of DOCTOR ZERO, with the participation of the group DOCTOR NERVE.
1995 - Participates in the reforming of the group PRESENT with Roger TRIGAUX, Daniel DENIS and Réginald TRIGAUX.

1996 - Produce and play bass on "Ardense" the first CD from rock band "GUTS!", with vocals in French.
1996 - Rebirth of UNIVERS ZERO with Daniel DENIS, Andy KIRK, Marianne DENOÏA and Kaat DE WINDT

1997 - Play a unique concert with UNIVERS ZERO at Victoriaville Festival in Quebec - Canada.
1997 - Play with Andy KIRK & The Heatmakers a very good cover band with a mixed repertoire including Andy's compositions and songs from Peter Gabriel, Police, Pink Floyd, U2, Deep Purple, Simple minds, and jimi Hendrix among others.

1998 - Play bass on the CD "Certitudes" by PRESENT.
1998 - Play a few gigs live with FAITH.

2000 - Start composing new material with the aim to bring out a solo CD.

2002 - Produce and play bass on the CD "Grosso Modo" from Pierre VERVLOESEM, with Peter VANDENBERGHE ..boards, Charles HAYWARD on drums, and Peter VERMEERSCH as guest on Clarinets.
Partly composed, and partly improvised, a successful way of keeping intact the energy of live music.

2005 - Play a live concert as guest with KK NULL electronic devices, Seijiro MURAYAMA on drums and Eric LEMAÎTRE on guitar.

2006 - Play bass, and do some vocals on Modified Reality by Franck BALESTRACCI, produced and released on my label. This is the first work thru the channel of internet. I recorded myself as well than the guitarist Réginald TRIGAUX and the violist Marianne DENOÏA at home, and send it to Franck who finalised the all work at home as well.

2007 - Played as guest on Acoustic Camera by Karl Off aswell than Dirk DESCHEEMAEKER, Jan KUIJKEN, George VAN DAM, Charles LOOS, Félix SIMTAINE, Jean-Louis RASINFOSSE
2007 - Recording of "Agakuk" a composition by Henry KRUTZEN on which I worked a personnal bass line. Also Morgan AGREN and Réginald TRIGAUX appear as guests on this track.
2007 - Played as guest on 2 compositions that will be on the next 48 CAMERAS album.
2007 - Played live as guest with SIBEL and her band. A repertoir made of Turkish music.
2007 - Played on a composition by Brian BURMANN for a theater performance.
2007 - Played on a compostion by Nick GREY that will be released on a next album.

2008 - Play on a live version of La Faulx released as a bonus track on a remastered version of 1313
2008 - Played live for two concerts with Yoshida TATSUYA from RUINS, and Kawabata MAKOTO from ACID MOTHER TEMPLE
2008 - Join a new band under the name of PURPLE VISHNU, with Michel DELVILLE (Synth-Guitar), Frank VAN DER KOOIJ (Acoustic and electronic Saxophone), Ivo SANS (Drums). Already two concerts have been done under this name, and are expecting some feedback for more... The music is a mix between own compositions and destructured "Rock" covers.
2008 - The band Purple Vishnu change its name into The MOVING TONES, and has been rejoined by Catherine SMET (Keyboards).
2008 - The MOVING TONES play 3 concerts with Benoît MOERLIN (Electronic Vibraphone, Marimba) as guest.
2008 - Play Bass as guest on the track "Agakuk" from the CD "Blue" by FINNEGANS WAKE. The two other guest are Reginald TRIGAUX (Guitar), and Morgan ÅGREN (Drums).

2009 - Played live as guest with SIBEL and her band. A repertoir made of Turkish music, including a part of a composition of mine.
2009 - Made a concert of totaly improvised material with Geoff LEIGH on flutes, saxophones, percussion, vocals, electronics, Michel DELVILLE on guitar and Ivo SANS on drums. Reinforced by Frank WUYTS on melodica.
2009 - Played at Zappanale Festival with ACID MOTHER GURU GURU GONG including Daevid ALLEN (Guitar, Vocals), Makoto KAWABATA (Guitar) and Mani NEUMEIER (Drums).
2009 - Played the first concert of the band EMERGENT SEA in Belgium, including Fabienne VANDENPLAS (Vocals), Eric LEMAÎTRE (Guitar) and Danny VAN HOECK (Drums).
2009 - Recorded new stuff with original members of the German band GURU GURU including Ax GENRICH on guitar, and Mani NEUMEIER on drums.

2010 - Played live with ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE replacing Tsuyama ATSUSHI who couln't do this European tour including Italy, Belgium, England, Germany, France, Spain.
2010 - Release of the CD "Psy Valley Hill" by GURUMANIAX.
2010 - Tour with the German band GURUMANIAX, including the original members of GURU GURU, Ax GENRICH and Mani NEUMAIER.
2010 - Record with Phil MINTON, Audrey CHEN, Teun VERBRUGGEN, Peter JACQUEMYN for the label Sub Rosa.
2010 - Play live with Phil MINTON, Audrey CHEN and Dirk WACHTELAER.
2010 - Play several concerts in Belgium with EMERGENT SEA.
2010 - Release of the CD "Iridule" by the Italian band YUGEN, appear as guest.

2011 - Play a few gigs with old friend Gianni MANENTE on drums.
2011 - Concerts with EMERGENT SEA including the last with Eric LEMAÎTRE (RIP).

2012 - Record a bassline on a song by Tanar CATALPINAR.
2012 - Compose "Déchirement Périphérique" in memory of Eric LEMAÎTRE.
2012 - Restart EMERGENT SEA with Andy KIRK.

2013 - Record material for an album with Roland BINET (Flute) , Andy KIRK (Guitar, Keyboards), Dirk WACHTELAER (Drums)
2013 - Tour with UNEVEN ELEVEN in trio with Makoto KAWABATA and Charles HAYWARD.
2013 - Release of the Vinyl "Pink Lady Lemonade" by ACID MOTHER GURU GURU GONG.
2013 - Last concert with EMERGENT SEA;
2013 - Release of the CD "A young Person's Guide To" by ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE.

2014 - Release of the CD "Passions" by Roland BINET.

2015 - Release of the double CD "Live At Café OTO" by UNEVEN ELEVEN.
2015 - Release of the CD "A Farewell To Brains" by Swedish Simon STEENSLAND (including Morgan ÅGREN), appear as guest
2015 - Release of the Vinyl "Live At Café OTO" by UNEVEN ELEVEN.
2015 - Release of the CD "Dreamprovise" by Roland BINET. With Andy KIRK (Keyboards, guitar), Dirk WACHTELAER (Drums).
2015 - Release of the CD "Barriers by Brian BURMAN, appear as guest.

2016 - Two studio sessions with ECLECTIC MAYBE BAND. Including Dirk WACHTELAER (Drums), Catherine SMET (Keyboards), Andy KIRK (Keyboards, Guitar), Joe Higham (Saxophone, Doudouk, Electronics), Franck BALESTRACCI (Soundscapes).

2017 - Recording sessions for the piece "A Beast Trophy" in studio with Sigrid VANDENBOGAERDEN (Cello) and virtual with Dave NEWHOUSE ((Baritone Sax, Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Soprano Sax, Bass Clarinet).
2017 - Recording session for the piece "Disquiet" in studio with Roland BINET (Flute), Ariane PLUMEREL (Violin), Sigrid VANDENBOGAERDEN (Cello), Dirk WACHTELAER (Drums), and virtual with Stephan Köhr (Bassoon, Contrabassoon), Dave Newhouse (Alto & Tenor Saxophone), Ángel Ontalva (Guitar).

2018 - Recording session for the piece "Elipse Sealed" virtual with Stephan Köhr (Bassoon).
2018 - Recording session for the piece "Are You Out Of My Mind ?" virtual with Dave Newhouse (Baritone Sax).
2018 - Release of the CD "The Blind Night Watchers' Mysterious Landscapes" by ECLECTIC MAYBE BAND.

-Guy Seegers 2/16/2024

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Carla Diratz is a vocal improvisor and electronic musician, working in rock forms and contemporary jazz. She splits her time between Europe and New York. Her own band is DIRATZ with Dave Newhouse, and Bret Hart.

-Squidco 2/16/2024

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"Roland Binet: flute, tenor saxophone, compositions, head arrangements.

In the past: He has been playing the flute as his main instrument since 1967; he participated in the recording of a single with a rock/variety group at the end of the sixties. Played less than a year with two future members of Univers Zéro at the beginning of the seventies (Guy Segers and Roger Trigaux) in a quartet called 'Cubical Sock'. Played a flute solo of 50 minutes of totally improvised music in 1977 at the '24 Hours of Communication at the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Brussels'. He played with the WIM Big Band of Fred van Hove in 1978, and played a flute solo live on the radio in February 1979 during Marc Moulin's RTBF radio program 'Bien Dégagé sur les Oreilles'. After that, during a long period, he concentrated on developing his own musical ideas and composing.

In 2014, he has recorded and issued a CD of his own solo flute compositions (7 in total) in honor of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust in the Baltic States entitled 'A Jewish Tragedy; a few hundred copies of which were offered free to the Museum of the Holocaust in Riga/Latvia to give as a present to the interested visitors. This CD is available on the principal music websites outlets."

-Off-Record Label (http://off-recordlabel.blogspot.com/2015/09/odg042-roland-binet-dreamprovise.html)
2/16/2024

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"Martin Archer was born in Sheffield, England, in 1957. He started playing saxophone at age 15 and first got active on the Sheffield improvisational scene in 1973. In the early '80s, he recorded an LP with Bass Tone Trap, his first group. In 1983 he formed the saxophone quartet Hornweb, which, in ten years of existence, released three albums. It is during that time that Archer released his first solo album, Wild Pathway Favourites (1988) and founded the Discus label on which he since releases all his music.

In 1993, he disbanded Hornweb and turned to synthesizers and sequencers while shifting his activities from stage to studio. He developed a compositional approach in which he records improvisers soloing, then manipulates this raw material, combining it with electronics and structuring it into a whole new piece. This technique is illustrated on Wild Pathway Favourites, Ghost Lily Cascade (1996), and Pure Water Construction (with bassist Simon H. Fell, released in 1999). Later works such as Winter Pilgrim Arriving (2000) moved toward more constructed and less abstract pieces, even making room for melodies and rhythm tracks at times.

Apart from his solo work, Archer is also involved in Ask, a duo with guitarist John Jasnoch, and Transient v Resident, an ambient electronics project with Chris Bywater."-All Music, François Couture



"Martin Archer is a composer / improviser who is equally at home on stage or in the studio. His own distinctive saxophone playing is rooted in AACM jazz. Through his use of keyboards and electronics, and as a studio producer, he extends this interest into extended song form and leftfield rock music. He is also co-director of the uncategorisably avant choir Juxtavoices.

His principle music work is the Discus Music label, the imprint for his various releases, notably by the groups described below.

His current jazz based projects include Engine Room Favourites (current a 4 drummer, 14 piece big band), Story Tellers (6 piece group including shaman instruments alongside the conventional instruments), plus various ad hoc smaller groups. All of these are strongly aligned with AACM tradition and teaching.

Archer has a long running duo with veteran vocalist Julie Tippetts. Each of their highly acclaimed CD releases deliberately explores song from a different perspective - the duo aims to be truly progressive, and takes in elements from jazz, rock, soul and pure abstraction.

Archer's main live performance vehicle is the trio Inclusion Principle with Herve Perez and Peter Fairclough. The group operates in a space between electronics, nu-jazz, contemporary electroacoustic music and free improvisation. In performance you will hear pure jazz skill, electronic beats and areas of texture and abstraction all seamlessly woven into a fascinating and constantly shifting tapestry of sound.

The sprawling Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere was formed by Archer as an improvising rock group with shades of Terry Riley, Magma, Alice Coltrane and Sun Ra, very much in the progressive / krautrock tradition, and noted for its large scale string, horn and vocal arrangements.

Also in rock music, Archer is a member of the USA based heavier than plutonium prog / sludge / zeuhl group Combat Astronomy under the direction of Jamie Huggett.

Surprising, delighting and occasionally alarming audiences for a number of years now, Juxtavoices is a 30 piece choir for mainly untrained voices co directed by Archer with Alan Halsey which has racked up dozens of performances and issued three CDs.

This eclectic combination of sources and highly individual applications makes Archer a unique inhabitant of the school of English maverick composer / improvisers. "-Discus

-All Music, Discus Records (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/martin-archer-mn0000146946)
2/16/2024

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"Catherine Smet's music is a reflection of her amazing journey made of encounters and shimmering discoveries, carrying the colours and rhythms of the cultures that she loves to dissect not without a certain malice.

Her artistic path reflects her desire to explore the possibilities for integrating the composition and improvisation by componing for various groups, and seeking a common material where classical, contemporary, jazz and tango can meet.

She appeared in different bands of various trends in performance or playing improvised music with musicians such as Michael Moore, Peter Jaqmain or Bart Maris.

In the alternative rockscene she played with Guy Segers and Michel Delville and went on an European tour with the Rythmiss, an Afro-Cuban percussion band.

In 2015 she released her first auto-produced album " IluSioneS" (with the support of Sabam for Culture 2015) with 12 songs solo at the piano.

-Dragonfly Management (https://www.dragonflymanagementagency.com/catherine-smet)
2/16/2024

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"Andy Kirk is a Belgian keyboards player and composer, he later turned his hand to guitar. He was a member of Univers Zero."

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/468009-Andy-Kirk-2)
2/16/2024

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"Michel Delville is a musician, writer and lecturer born in Liège, Belgium.His recent musical projects - most of which are signed to New York-based label MoonJune Records - include The Wrong Object, Machine Mass feat. Dave Liebman, douBt, Comicoperando, The Gödel Codex, Ensemble Mosae, Trank Zappa Grappa in Varese and 48Cameras.He has played and recorded with Elton Dean, Dave Liebman, Annie Whitehead, Harry Beckett,Chris Cutler, Tony Levin, Robin Verheyen, Richard Sinclair, Ed Mann, Tony Bianco, Alex Maguire, Dagmar Krause, Benoît Moerlen, Karen Mantler, Geoff Leigh, Robin Rimbaud, The Brussels Philharmonic, John Edwards, Stanley Zappa, Bobby Martin, Gilad Atzmon, and many jazz & rock luminaries.

Extensive recording and touring has taken Delville to many different countries, including Japan, the United States, Canada, England, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Wales, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, Slovakia and Greece. Delville is regularly featured in Downbeat, Guitar Player, Jazzwise, All About Jazz, Jazzitalia, Musica Jazz and other high profile international magazines. In 2014 and 2017 he was voted one of the 10 best electric guitarists of the year by Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Annual Jazz Station Poll.

Delville teaches literature and comparative literature at the University of Liège. He is the author or editor of some twenty books and more than a hundred articles pertaining to comparative poetics and interdisciplinary studies. His awards and distinctions include the SAMLA Book Award, the Choice Outstanding Book Award, the Wernaers Prize for the promotion of research and the diffusion of scientific knowledge and the Belgian American Educational Foundation Alumni Award."

-Michel Delville Website (http://www.micheldelville.com/)
2/16/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Disquiet 13:18

2. Retable Vertigineux 08:03

3. Further On The Ladder 07:22

4. Tingling Skin 06:27

5. Voici Voila 11:09

6. A Beast Trophy 08:20

7. Smudgy Cartography 05:13

8. Atomos Keyhole 10:20

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European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
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Wasp Honey
(Discus)
After participating in the Birmingham Improvisors Orchestra, wind improviser Martin Archer, bass guitarist John Jasnoch and violin & electronic musician Sarah Farmer were joined in the studio by drummer Lee Boyd Allatson to record this mix of compositions, graphic scores and free improv, merging AACM-style free jazz with contemporary chamber-oriented improv.
Tippetts, Julie / Martin Archer
Illusion [2 CDs]
(Discus)
Their first album after a 6-year break, the collaboration of vocalist Julie Tippetts and multi-reedist & electronic artist Martin Archer is heard in two distinct presentations: a large and stunningly complex suite with an ensemble of acoustic and electronic artists; and a sequence of 13 separate and contrasting songs, performed by various small groups drawn from the JTMA Ensemble.
Das Rad (Archer / Robinson / Dinsdale)
Laik Tors
(Discus)
The third album from the Sheffield-based trio Das Rad of Nick Robinson on guitars, keys & electronics, Martin Archer on woodwinds, keys & electronics, Steve Dinsdale on drums & keyboards, influenced by progressive rock, kosmiche, and fusion forms, here evolving and refining their melodic approach to genre-crossing styles merging composition and improvisation.
Archer / Keeffe / Pyne
Hi Res Heart
(Discus)
Inspired by the 70's Leo Smith Trio and the AACM tradition, during pandemic lockdowns UK multi-reedist & wind player Martin Archer, Charlotte Keeffe on trumpet & electronics and Martin Pyne on drums, percussion, vibraphone & toy piano, developed these 12 pieces where each member recorded four ideas independently, the other two arranging and recording their own parts in response.
Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere
Theta Five
(Discus)
The 5th album from the UK collective improvising progressive rock band of reedist Martin Archer, drummer Steve Dinsdale, bassists Lorin Halsall & Terry Todd, percussionist Walt Shaw, keyboardist Andy Peake, violinist Yvonna Magda and string player & vocalist Jad Todd, merging acoustic and electronic instruments in rich and often dreamlike forms that flow with spirited refinement.
Das Rad (Archer / Robinson / Dinsdale)
Adios Al Futuro
(Discus)
The 2nd release from the UK instrumental rock band Das Rad of Nick Robinson on guitars, keyboards & electronics, Martin Archer on woodwind, keyboards, synth bass & electronics, and Steve Dinsdale on drums, keyboards & electronics, expand their sound and referenes as they tug on the heartstrings of prog, krautrock and other advanced rock forms with modern and mellotron-fueled orchestration.
Caines, Ron / Martin Archer AXIS
Dream Feathers
(Discus)
The "AXIS" of UK saxophonist Ron Caines and multi-reedist Martin Archer, also on organ and electronics, in a subtle septet with outstanding players including Laura Cole on piano and Johnny Hunter on drums, in a set of dream-like and lyrically beautiful improvisations, merging electronics and horns over a powerfully solid rhythm section that create warm textural cycles.
Archer, Martin
Anthropology Band [2 CDs]
(Discus)
Inspired by the music of 70's Miles Davis electric work, composer and saxophonist Martin Archer presents 15 compositions performed in two parallel sessions over two CDs, the first in a septet that includes Corey Mwamba, Pat Thomas and Dave Sturt, and the second an extended ensemble with brass and wind sections, each bringing distinctive life to these inspired compositions.
Smet, Catherine / Dirk Wachtelaer
Improvisations
(Creative Sources)
Taking two players from Guy Seger's Eclectic Maybe Band (Discus Records), classically trained Catherine Smet and improvising drummer Dirk Wachtelaer fulfill their album's title with 11 free dialogs, their dexterous mastery evident as they carry on energetic conversations of urgent activity, or lay back in cultivated discourse of sophisticated artistry; engaging.
Meloche, Chris / Martin Archer / Gino Robair / Lyn Hodnett
The Sincerity Of Light
(Discus)
The quartet of Canadian electronics composer Chris Meloche and label leader Martin Archer on woodwinds and electronics orchestrated these pieces, performed with improvsations from Gino Robair on percussion and electronics and Lyn Hodnett on voice, for a 3 part work of rich interactive loops, drones and soundscape, ranging from spine-chilling to lush and lovely environments.
Eclectic Maybe Band
The Blind Night Watchers' Mysterious Landscapes
(Discus)
Univers Zero bassist Guy Seger brought this eclectic group of improvisers into the studio to develop the music on this genre-defying album, informed by a sextet of musicians who have performed and recorded with projects and artists including Vanishing Pictures, X-Legged Sally, Wrong Object, Tony Levin, Tony Bianco, Paul Schutze, Trevor Watts, Zeena Parkins, Jim O'Rourke, &c.
Archer, Martin & Engine Room Favourites
Safety Signal From A Target Town
(Discus)
Saxophonist Martin Archer composed the five works on this, the 3rd release for Engine Room Favorites, his AACM-influenced big band with a tremendous orchestration of horns with drums, vibes, piano and bass, here with their most complex yet melodic and rich release yet, including melodic elements of folk music, powerful rhythms from prog-oriented rock, and free improv and jazz.



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