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Cutler, Chris

It Makes Sense To Me [2 CDs]

Cutler, Chris: It Makes Sense To Me [2 CDs] (ReR Megacorp)

An excellent 50 year overview of the work of drummer & composer Chris Cutler, best known for his work with Henry Cow and his label ReR Megacorp, but also heard here in groupings including Art Bears, Cassiber, News From Babel, Aqsak Mabou, Duck and Cover, Peter Blegvad, Rene Lussier, The Work, Pere Ubu, The (ec) Nudes, Domestic Stories, Cutler/Frith, Cutler/Parkins, &c.

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UPC: 752725045223

Label: ReR Megacorp
Catalog ID: RERCC4-5
Squidco Product Code: 32859

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: UK
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded between 1972 and 2022.


Chris Cutler

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Artist Biographies:

"Chris Cutler started messing about with banjo, guitar and trumpet at school, settling for drums and playing shadows and other instrumental covers in his first band in 1963. Subsequently he played in R'n'B and Soul Bands, winding up in 1967 playing in London's psychedelic clubs. At the start of the seventies, with Dave Stewart, he co-founded The Ottawa Music Co, a 22 piece Rock composer's orchestra, eventually joining British experimental group Henry Cow with whom he toured, recorded and worked in dance and theatre projects until it's demise in 1978. In 1977 Henry Cow, The Mike Westbrook Orchestra and Frankie Armstrong formed a big-band and toured around Europe. After Henry Cow, Cutler went on to co-found a series of mixed national groups Art Bears, News from Babel, Cassiber, The (ec) Nudes, P53 and The Science Group. He was a permanent member of American bands Pere Ubu, Hail and The Wooden Birds and now works sporadically with John Rose, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Iancu Dumitrescu, Peter Blegvad and Stevan Tickmayer.

Other lasting collaborations have included Aqsak Maboul (Belgium), Lussier/Derome and Les Quatre Guitaristes (Canada), The Kalahari Surfers (Africa), Perfect Trouble (Germany), Between (Sweden), N.O.R.M.A., (Italy), Telectu (Portugal), Mieku Shimuzu (Japan),The Hyperion Ensemble (Romania), The Film Music Orchestra, 'Oh Moscow', Gong, The Work and Towering Inferno (UK), The Residents (USA), and stateless Tense Serenity and Mirror Man. There have also been countless improvisational groupings and solo performances. Recent projects include Radio pieces with Lutz Glandien and Shelly Hirsch, Live Soundtrack for Carl Dreher's Vampyr (with Italians Musci and Venosta), his Timescales project and work with David Thomas and Linda Thompson.

He also founded and runs the independent label and distribution service ReR/Recommended and, until 1991, the East European specialist label Points East. He is editor of the New Music magazine Unfiled and author of the theoretical book File Under Popular as well as of numerous articles and papers published in 14 languages. He lectures intermittently on theoretical and music related topics. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings."

-Chris Cutler Website (

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track listing:

CD 1:

1 Henry Cow: Amygdala (Extract) 3:29

2 Henry Cow: Deluge 5:23

3 Slapphappy* | Henry Cow: The Messiah 1:42

4 Henry Cow: Beginning The Long March 5:59

5 Art Bears: The Labyrinth 2:13

6 Art Bears: The Winter Wheel 3:03

7 Art Bears: The Slave 3:34

8 Aksak Maboul: Knokke (Cinema, Section 3, Extract) 3:02

9 Art Bears: Song Of The Martyrs 4:01

10 The Work: State Room 3:22

11 Chris Cutler | Fred Frith: Live In Prague 4:05

12 Duck And Cover: The Address 1:09

13 Duck And Cover: Dunkle Wolken 2:20

14 Duck And Cover: Fragments 1:09

15 Duck And Cover: On Suicide 0:41

16 Duck And Cover: Und Ich Werde Nicht Mehr Sehen 1:10

17 Cassiber: In Eine Minute 7:30

18 News From Babel: Heart Of Stone 3:04

19 Rene Lussier*, Jean Derome, Tom Cora, Chris Cutler: Menuet No.2 Mowtown Version 1:32

20 Peter Blegvad: Not Weak Enough 4:04

21 Cassiber: This Was The Way It Was (Intro) 0:50

22 Cassiber: Philosophy 0:05

23 Cassiber: Gut 3:42

CD 2:

1 Pere Ubu: Final Solution 5:40

2 Les Quatre Guitaristes De L'Apocalypso Bar: Last Cigar Before New York 3:31

3 Cutler* | Glandien: Non Are Disbarred 3:29

4 The (ec) Nudes: Delta 3:46

5 Songs Between: Platser Sömn Och Fortsättning 5:06

6 Chris Cutler | Zeena Parkins: Shark (Extract) 2:08

7 Peter Blegvad: Daughter 3:22

8 p53: p53 (Extract) 2:06

9 NORMA: Cinema (Extract) 6:46

10 The Science Group: Event Horizon 1:52

11 Peter Blegvad: On All 4s 3:40

12 Chris Cutler | Tom Dimuzio: Floating Plates / Do Not Drink 4:20

13 Vril (4): Uncanny Haversack 3:36

14 Vril (4): Impossible Cana 2:02

15 Chris Cutler: North Car Roulette 5:50

16 Brainville III: Who's Afraid? 6:34

17 Chris Cutler | Steve MacLean: The New Apocathary 1:55

18 Peter Blegvad: King Of Straw 2:29

19 Yumi Hara: Schoenberg U41 0:47

20 Nobody (21): Nothing 0:06

21 Chris Cutler | Fred Frith: Encore 1:14
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"50 years of experimental songs, instrumental music and sonic innovation, including tracks by Henry Cow, Art Bears, Cassiber, News From Babel, Aqsak Mabou, Duck and Cover, Peter Blegvad, Rene Lussier, The Work, Les Quatre guitaristes de L'apocalypso bar, Pere Ubu, The (ec) Nudes, Domestic Stories, Songs Between, NORMA ,p53, The Science Group, Cutler/Frith, Cutler/Parkins, Cutler/Dimuzio, Cutler/MacLean, Vril, Brainville III and Yumi Hara. Mostly co-written, but also taking in Satie, Bach, Eisler, Handel and Schoenberg. Roughly half songs and half instrumentals, This Makes Sense to Me, encapsulates the evolution of different and innovative kinds of rock music between 1972 and the present, and offers an economical and wide-ranging introduction to both a life, and a world of music, that has endured for half a century without compromise. 44 tracks in all, budget priced as a single CD."- ReR Megacorp

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