CD Reviews

Wednesday 3rd February

February 4, 2010

Yes, the inclusion of voices, particularly on free improv recordings always makes me check very slightly before putting a CD into the player, butof course it depends on how they are used. Streetlevel actually makes good use of them in some places, though one track in particular reminded me why I have a problem with them in general.I don’t know the music of Peter Nicholson (or at least I don’t think I do) but Raymond MacDonald’s sax has appeared on several Iorram releases so far. He plays in a very expressive, almost post-Evan Parker style, gentle and subtle but relatively active and without much in the way of extended technique. Nicholson’s cello work is very nice on the six tracks here (or at least the ones he plays cello on) The opening Esmond is a good way to start the album, Nicholson generally taking a back seat, working with dry sounding bowed sounds and little stabs of colour here and there. MacDonald drifts from hushed longer tones into busier talkative passages, but always very much in tune with Nicholson’s purring strings. Nice stuff, very much from the older school of improvisation but very well executed.

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Tuesday 29th December

December 29, 2009

The CDr I picked out was another new release on Glasgow’s Iorram label, an imprint I really like, who have put out a handful of nice releases covering the small but healthy Scottish improv scene. This disc I have been playing today though, titled Thickly Grown and by a trio named Helhesten manages to surprise and underline my prejudices at the same time by not sounding at all like a release I would expect from this label. Helhesten are Hannah Ellul, (clarinet) Ben Knight, (voice, piano, tapes) and Greg Thomas (zither, viola, guitar). I have not come across the music of any of them before and will probably annoy them a lot by saying that there might well be a particular genre into which their music should be pigeonholed (free folk, psychadelic improv? who knows or cares?) but quite frankly I suspect I am not the best informed person to be trying to pin any categories onto this music.

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Thursday 10th September

September 10, 2009

First of all, apologies for last night’s somewhat self-centred post. I was tired. I’m not much better this evening either (quelle surprise) but I did manage to spend today listening to some music. I intended to listen to, and then write about three CDs today, all involving TWE’s favourite Glaswegian guitarist Neil Davidson. The three […]

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Saturday 18th July

July 18, 2009

An early post today because I am going away with Julie tonight for a bit of a break that won’t involve music. Of course it won’t be a very long break and I will post again tomorrow. 😉 This morning I have been listening to two recent releases by Improvising Orchesrtras, one by the Swiss […]

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Monday 13th July

July 14, 2009

So today I am just about fully recovered from the cold, but I am back to being tired after an eleven hour shift at work. Yes dear reader, given the space to do so, I will always moan about something 😉 Today I spent some time with one of the CDs I tried to play […]

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Sunday 8th March

March 8, 2009

This might end up being quite a long post. I’ve done a lot of listening today. Before any of that though I must say a very slightly belated Congratulations to my old radio sparring partner Alastair who tied the knot with Louise down in Australia yesterday. I feel kind of guilty for sort of forgetting […]

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Tuesday 17th February

February 17, 2009

Exhausted again tonight. Another long day. Last night before bed I listened to a CD kindly sent to me by someone at the Glasgow based Iorram label called Próximo. It is a disc containing two duo tracks, each featuring a laptop musician named Nick Fells, his collaborators being Neil Davidson (acoustic guitar) on the first piece […]

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