Nice recording from the Cafe Oto gig with Andrew, Otto and Colin from back end of last year. There’s a couple of recordings in the works too from the session we did with Sam Weaver during the same week as this tour.
Thoughtful review of the tape that came out recently on Tombed Visions featuring myself, Sam Andreae and Andrew Cheetham.
“In many ways, a guitar-sax-drums trio is the most liberated improvising lineup possible. Forty five years on from Derek Bailey, Han Bennink and Evan Parker’s seminal freeform blowout The Topography Of The Lungs (which, incidentally, was reissued by Otoroku at the end of last year), it’s clear the possibilites of the setup have still barely been breached. This recording of tenor saxophonist Sam Andreae, electric guitarist David M Birchall, and drummer Andrew Cheetham reopens that door once kicked by Topography Of the Lungs (coincidentally, the panning and general sound is almost identical on both records – guitar on the left, drums in the centre, sax on the right, all crystal clear and clean), and across four dynamic improvisations, the trio cross swords, hold hands and generally go nuts in an often brutally feral jam session. Opener ‘Eric Frohm Where’ builds crunchy guitar drones and sax blasts into a gathering storm which erupts as the stunning Cheetham kicks into action. A calming eye of the storm passes over, before a maddening climax throughout its twelfth minute more akin to some Napalm Death face smasher than any Coltrane shit (including that Live In Japan album). Mimicry is a theme throughout, and when one considers the atonality of Cheetham’s percussion, it’s no surprise this leads to some pretty weird parps and scrapes from guitar and sax. ‘Post Nasal Space’ is mostly sparse and skittering, while ‘Dude You Look Like Sea Sick Steve’ blasts right in our face, as wave upon wave of snare rolls underpin an increasingly similar guitar and sax. The musicianship is typically inventive and stunning, but more uniquely like Topography Of the Lungs, this trio seem to have evolved their own logic, evoking stark imagery through what sounds like total and utter chaos.”
Excited to be playing two gigs in Switzerland next week along with Sam Andreae and Andrew Cheetham.
We should also have a new tape out soon on Tombed Visions http://tombedvisionsrecords.bandcamp.com/
Tuesday 30th September
ABC Trio + Dialectica @ Unternehmen mitte, Safe, Gerbergasse 30, Basel
Friday 3rd October
ABC Trio @ WIM, Magnussstrasse 5, Zurich
Really excited about a couple of plays on the Sunday of this great looking festival. I’ll be jamming for an hour form 8pm with others as part of the Gizeh Records epic continuous 50 human 5 hour session on the floor and then at 11pm I’ll be performing on the Tombed Visions stage in trio with Andrew Cheetham and Colin Webster in a new combination we are really excited about.
Been doing some great playing in last few months with Sam Andreae and this has started developing into a trio with Andrew Cheetham. It’s been a really great meeting point for us all to play, we all have approached the music from very different points of view but seem to have arrived at a point of developing some kind of mutual language. Gigs and recordings to follow. A taste here meanwhile…
from mr shuffleboil
footage from flim flam gig here splendidly captured by shuffleboil