There's something exciting and dangerous about listening to great improv. The trio here are incredibly good listeners as well as amazing players - picking up on all the subtle cues and grooves that emerge and grow. Music is an art that can only be appreciated within the 4th dimension which makes it so much more engaging that painting or sculpture. Loads of great music here - enough to write 100 hit singles ;-)
Favorite track: Part 1 - L'awesome.
Spacious fields of what could have been and what is. Great synergy of effects and jazz/rock/metal improvisation, scales and themes that stay with you. Effects are so good, to the point that you almost can't make out what instruments are being used. Then in the end, you are brought back to earth. Very nice ending. Godfrey is also on my top list. Small technical Improvement suggestion: Get it remastered and remove the buzz.
Favorite track: Part 2 - Edwards.
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...the opening of this is one of the maddest things I've heard Andy do... He's playing electronic drums, one handed, through a synth pedal, and repitching it with the pitch control on the pedal, with his spare hand, to play the line... Relentlessly inventive.
Another sprawling massive track that goes to some unexpected places. We HAVE to do this trio again soon :)
Recorded on August 10th, 2014, this entirely improvised show was the first time Jem and I had met - I knew of his work as a bandleader with Frost*, as a keyboard player with Satch/Vai, and as a pop songwriter for people like Holly Valance and Shane Ward, so our start point was a shared love of progressive improv and shiny pop music!
Andy Edwards and I have been playing shows like this for the last couple of years and have built up quite a rapport. Here he's using his Jobeki electronic kit, through a pile of guitar processing and pedals, to extraordinary effect.
The show is in three parts, with Part 1 up first - each part is a single piece, that evolves from a solo piece to a duo piece and then trio... This one starts with me... :)
Part 2 was added Nov 30th - see the description on the track itself for more about that. It starts with Andy...
released October 17, 2015
Steve Lawson - bass, looping, mixing, mastering, artwork
Jem Godfrey - keys, Chapman Stick, samples, genius
Andy Edwards - electronic drums and amazing ideas.
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