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Research (Dvorak / Weston / Brown / Serle): Laws of Motion (FMR)

The first album from 1982 by drummer Geoff Serle's band Research, combining free improvisation with rock forms, electric and acoustic, or as he described it: "an electro-funk industrial jazz unit", configured as the quartet of trumpeter Jim Dvorak, a member of Mujician & Brotherhood of Breath, bassist Dan Brown from The Fixx, and legendary pianist Veryan Weston.
 

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Jim Dvorak-trumpet

Veryan Weston-piano, percussion

Dan K. Brown-bass guitar, percussion

Geoff Serle-drums, percussion


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Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 655
Squidco Product Code: 32968

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at Wave Studios, in Twickenham, UK, in May 1982, by Charles Gray. Originally released in 1982 as a vinyl LP on the German View label with catalog code VS 0022 & title: Geoff Serle's Research - Laws Of Motion.

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"Geoff Serle was born in Bristol (England) and played in various little known rock and jazz groups in the seventies before recording his first album in 1979 with renowned jazz bassist Paul Rogers.

He formed Research in 1981 as an electro-funk industrial jazz unit who supported the likes of Material and Swans as well as playing at Womad and recording sessions for the BBC. The band recorded three albums (including Social Systems featuring Django Bates).

In the eighties he played in Tranceathon (a systems music big band), a funk outfit called Rhythm Force and Elbow Room, an improvising group with Lyn Dobson.

In 1987 He formed Radius with David Cross to explore ambient rhythmic grooves. Sonicphonics, formed in 1988 with Jon Dobie, is a more hard-edged, guitar oriented band.

He formed his own label Systems Collusion in 1993.

Other projects include the short lived Shock Troops with Peter McPhail and Pat Thomas, who recorded the still unreleased electronic album Hedonism, and a dance music project Proof.

Other projects include Tek-San, an ambient electronica project Mongrel and a hip-hop collaboration with Billy Bang."-Discogs


Artist Biographies

"James Peter Dvorak (born December 16, 1948, New York City) is an American jazz trumpeter.

Dvorak received his bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1970 and then relocated to England, where he lived for several decades. In the early 1970s he worked with Keith Tippett for the first time; the pair worked together again in the 1980s and 1990s. He played with Brotherhood of Breath from 1970 to 1975 and with a group called Joy around the same time, and played with Louis Moholo in the middle of the decade. He led his own groups from 1977 to 1982, first Sum Sum (with Elton Dean, Alan Skidmore, and Nick Evans), then Dhyana. In the 1980s he worked with Dudu Pukwana, Brian Abrahams, Keith Tippett, Maggie Nicols, and Ruthie Smith. In 1989 he joined the group In Cahoots, playing with them through most of the 1990s, and also worked with The Dedication Orchestra and with Marcio Mattos and Ken Hyder. He was a member of Mujician, again alongside Tippett, from the late 1990s."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Dvorak)
2/28/2024

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"Born in 1950, and moved from Cornwall to London in 1972 and began playing as a freelance jazz pianist as well as developing as an improviser at Little Theatre Club.


1975-85: Residency & fellowship for Digswell Arts Trust (Hertfordshire). Activities included:

Collaborations with visual artists (potter-Elizabeth Fritsch and fine artist Steve Cochrane).
Work on written theoretical material, commissioned by The Digswell Arts Trust.
Co-ordinating music workshops, supported by Eastern Arts Association.
Co-founded and composed for young local group - Stinky Winkles, voted 'Young Musician of 1979' by Greater London Arts Association and won first prizes in France, Spain and Poland.
Collaborations with Lol Coxhill, music for Derek Jarman Film. First released recordings.

Throughout 1980s and early 90s worked with Eddie Prévost Quartet, Trevor Watts' Moiré Music and Lol Coxhill and Phil Minton. Major festivals have included Zurich, Berlin, Nickelsdorf, Karlsruhr, Warsaw, Wroclaw, San Sebastian, Bombay, Vancouver, Nancy, Aukland, Nevers, Washington, Lille, Houston, Le Mans, Strasbourg, Bologna and Victoriaville.

Ensemble projects with Minton:

Duo - Ways, Ways Past, and....Past - diverse songs, originals & improvisation structures.
Songs from a Prison Diary - French commission for 25 singers with poems by Ho Chi Minh.
Naming the Animals -a quartet with Lianne Carol and Ian Shaw, words by Adrian Mitchell.
Mouthfull of ecstasy - with John Butcher, Roger Turner, texts from Joyce's Finnegans wake.
Makhno - for chamber choir commissioned by Taktlos Festival 1997.
4Walls - a quartet with songs and improvisations with Luc Ex and Michael Vatcher.


Other recent duo collaborations with:

Trevor Watts - improvisations with a feeling of form, where rhythm and melody sit comfortably with more abstract moments. A major current project.
Caroline Kraabel - duets that explore acoustic phenomena related to two instruments and how these sounds interact in specific acoustic spaces.
Jon Rose - improvisations using different acoustic keyboards and violins with selected tunings derived from science, history and the imagination.
Hugh Metcalfe - Films by Hugh, images of objects, animals, humans, holidays, journeys, unfold, transform, collide and provide the basis for accompanying duet improvisations.


Local activities:

(1995-6) playing in rhythm section for 'Changes' jazz club in North London with British jazz artists.
Awarded A4E National Lottery support to give series of workshops/concerts with John Edwards & Mark Sanders titled 'Playing Together' in East Anglia (1998).

Helped coordinate and arrange the Lindsay Cooper Song Project (1999). European festivals - Taktlos (Zurich), Angelica (Bologna, commissioned arrangement of "Oh Moscow" for orchestra), Moers (Germany) and Roccella Jonica (Italy)"

-Veryan Weston Website (http://veryanweston.weebly.com/biog--discog.html)
2/28/2024

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Dan K. Brown is the longtime bassist for The Fixx. He left the band in 1991 but returned in 2012. Dan also plays Tuba in classical orchestras. Credited for playing the bassline on The The's song "Infected". He is also known for the groups Isotope, Research, and Stinky Winkles.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/501416-Dan-K-Brown)
2/28/2024

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"Geoff Serle was born in Bristol, England and played in various rock and jazz groups in the seventies before recording his first album in 1979 with renowned jazz bassist Paul Rogers.

He formed Research in 1981 as an electro-funk industrial jazz unit who supported the likes of Material and Swans as well as playing at Womad and recording sessions for the BBC. The band recorded three albums, including Social Systems featuring keyboard player Django Bates.

In the eighties he played in the systems music big band Tranceathon, a funk outfit called Rhythm Force and Elbow Room, an improvising group with Soft Machine saxophonist Lyn Dobson.

In 1987 he formed Radius with King Crimson violinist David Cross to explore ambient rhythmic grooves. Sonicphonics, formed in 1988 with B-Shops for the Poor guitarist John Dobie, is a more hard-edged, guitar oriented band which later included violinist Billy Bang.

Other projects include the short lived Shock Troops with saxophonist Pete McPhail and keyboard player Pat Thomas, who recorded the still unreleased electronic album Hedonism, and a dance music project Proof."

-Tek-San (http://www.tek-san.net/)
2/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Crisis 2:14

2. Laws Of Motion 11:29

3. Aftervision 6:10

4. Reinforcements 3:03

5. Dark Boats 7:24

6. All Nite Locations 5:54

7. Retreat 1:53

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