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Clayton Giles
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Clayton Giles A beautiful improv by two excellent musicians. I think this will be an album that I'll return to time and again. Favorite track: A Beautiful Mind.
Alan Hall
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Alan Hall A great guitar/bass set from Steve Lawson with engaging and creative music throughout. And they play so well together. Hard to beat..
Andrew Dubber
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Andrew Dubber Lovely, lovely stuff from a lovely, lovely man and his talented guitarist friend. Favorite track: 70 Degrees In The Dark.
Philip Wain
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Philip Wain Two of my favourite musicians get some studio time, improvise together for the first time without discussing what to play. What’s not to like?
Darin Wilson
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Darin Wilson The interplay between these two is spectacular - this one holds up beautifully to repeated listenings.
Andy Long
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Andy Long Steve is my favourite bassist ever and a lovely chap too with his freaky nails and furry coat and stuff. An inspirational player and...er...thinker. Favorite track: A Beautiful Mind.
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    My Solo Albums:

    1 :: And Nothing But The Bass: Live At The Troubadour (2000)
    2 :: Not Dancing For Chicken (2002)
    3 :: Grace And Gratitude (2004)
    4 :: Behind Every Word (2006)
    5 :: Ten Years On: Live In London (2010)
    6 :: 11 Reasons Why 3 Is Greater Than Everything (2011)
    7 :: Believe In Peace (2012)
    8 :: What The Mind Thinks, The Heart Transmits (2014)
    9 :: A Crack Where The Light Gets In (2015)
    10 :: The Way Home (2015)
    11 :: The Surrender Of Time (2016)
    12 :: Towards A Better Question (2017)
    13 :: PS, You Are Brilliant (2017)

    Steve and Lobelia Albums:

    14 :: Live In Nebraska (2008)
    15 :: Live So Far (2010)

    Other Collaborations:

    16 :: Conversations (Steve Lawson and Jez Carr) 2002
    17 :: For The Love Of Open Spaces (Steve Lawson and Theo Travis) 2003
    18 :: Numbers (Lawson/Dodds/Wood) 2008
    19 :: Slow Food (Steve Lawson and Trip Wamsley) 2010
    20 :: Infrablab (Trip Wamsley and Steve Lawson) 2010
    21 :: Hidden Windows(Steve Lawson and Neil Alexander) 2012
    22 :: Invenzioni (Steve Lawson and Mike Outram 2012
    23 :: Nothing Can Prepare (Steve Lawson and Andy Williamson) 2012
    24 :: The FingerPainting Sessions Vol 1 (Steve Lawson and Daniel Berkman) 2013
    25 :: The FingerPainting Sessions Vol 2 (Steve Lawson and Daniel Berkman) 2013
    26 :: Diversion (Steve Lawson and Jon Thorne) 2014
    27 :: Marinate (Steve Lawson and Julie Slick) 2014
    38 :: Ley Lines (Phi Yaan-Zek, Steve Lawson, Andy Edwards) 2015
    29 :: Language Is A Music (Steve Lawson & Michael Manring) 2016
    30 :: Ley Lines II (Phi Yaan-Zek, Steve Lawson, Andy Edwards) 2017
    31 :: Over Time (Steve Lawson & Andy Edwards) 2017
    32 :: Intersect (Steve Lawson & Pete Fraser) 2017


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Dance Moves 15:04


So how did this record come about?

It’s a tale of fandom, serendipity and procrastination. I was familiar with Mike’s playing from hearing him in Theo Travis’ Doubletalk band - he blew my mind when I saw the band play at The Pizza Express Jazz Club in London, and I was eager to hear more of his playing.

Not long after this, another friend, Lee Pellington, who teaches on a music degree course in Leicester got in touch to ask if I wanted to go and record at the college, as part of a week of giving the students real projects to work on. Having seen the studios before, this sounded like a fun idea, but more than that, sounded like the chance to try something new out. There wasn’t much point in me recording solo in a studio as there are no live mics in my set-up, and I can record it very well in my own studio.

It was at this point that I contacted Mike and suggested that we go and record some duo stuff. We’d never played together, but had been chatting a lot via Twitter and Facebook, and I was eager to hear what all that amazing music I heard coming from Mike in other contexts would sound like alongside my bass noises.

After that, it was simple - in January 2010, we went to the studio, set up, and recorded well over 2 hours of music. Ranging from epic ambient soundscapes to funky groove-based tunes, pretty much nothing was discussed before each piece beyond ‘shall we try something shorter here?’ or ‘I’ll start’... On one piece (Light Over Water), I don’t play at all - I just looped Mike while he played, giving him no clue as to what was going to come back at him as I mangled his guitar sound and tossed it back to him to respond to.

It was, all in, one of the most exciting and immediate musical connections I’ve had in my career thus far. Pretty much everything I love about Mike’s playing was evident from the start, and we’ve ended up with 3 albums worth of releasable material. These first 5 tunes are the ones that hang together thematically when we started sorting through the huge amount of music we amassed. The other two will follow soon.

This is, by quite some margin, the longest I’ve ever left it between recording and releasing an album - in the intervening two years, I’ve listened to this music on a near-weekly basis, have grown to know and love it deeply. One of the joys of improv is that the unfolding revelation of its deeper layers on each repeated listen is an experience that the artist can share with the audience - on first listen it’s as new to us as it is to you.

I’m amazed at what Mike brought to the project - having never, as far as I know, played in a setting quite like this before, he played like it was a daily occurrence to be looped, layered and processed by someone who isn’t telling you what they’re up to while doing it. At times it felt like he was one step ahead of whatever I was planning to add into the mix, the direction I’d imagined for the many layers to evolve in. It’s a privilege to play with a musician of that calibre, and listening to it now, it still feels like it brought out elements in my own playing that I’d not discovered before. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

- Steve Lawson


released September 11, 2012

Steve Lawson - bass and looping
Mike Outram - sounds originating on a guitar

Recorded at Leicester College January 2010. Engineered by Lea Moulds and Joe Grant, with Lee Pellington.

Mixed by Mike and Steve
Mastered by Steve, with invaluable advice from Ian Shepherd.

Big thanks to Lee Pellington for making it possible.




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