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Imago

Artist: Peter Fairclough

Date of Release: 01/10/2001

Catalogue no: JPVP132CD

Label: Jazzprint

Price: £9

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

The February Sea

6.11

2

 

IMAGO

45.00

3

 

Left-field Boogie

4.16

4

 

d'Accord

2.25

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Keith Tippett

"the mature form, the emergence of beauty, taking flight" this, the second CD from the partnership of Peter Fairclough (drums & percussion) & Keith Tippett (unprepared piano & percussion), was recorded live at Djanogly Recital Hall, Nottingham (17th October 2001) & Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool (11th October 2001)

produced by peter fairclough & nigel pease

cover artwork by inca tippetts

 

Reviews

 

11/07/2003 Duncan Heining

I gave their previous CD "Wild Silk" (ASC Records) four 'phones and this is if anything even better. It immediately draws the listener in with the swirling and stormy opener, "The February Sea". The music conjures images of its title, as both Tippett and Fairclough paint musical pictures of the subject. The long title track (45 minutes) follows and contains more ideas and invention than most musicians achieve in a lifetime. It's a ferociosly powerful piece, which uses feedom in improvisation as means rather than as an end in itself. When Tippet picks up what amounts to the tracks coda about 12 minutes in, he launches forward with notes tumbling. In that moment, there's something of that headlong abandonment of McCoy Tyner's work with Coltrane and on his own early 70's records on Milestone. I think Tyner would have enjoyed playing with Peter Fairclough, whose quiet thunder beneath Tippett's tinkling, Chinese-sounding piano is a masterpiece of controlled power. Imago has a suite-like quality with each movement being completely realised within an entirely cohereent whole. This is simply breathtaking, bravura music-making. The two remaining tracks, "Left-field Boogie" and "D'Accord", would in lesser hands seem no more than mere afterthoughts but instead each seems more like a gilded minature, small maybe but perfectly formed. A fine record from two masters of the improvisational art.

 

13/10/2001 Simon Thackray - theshed.co.uk - Site Update

"Keith Tippett and Peter Fairclough performed last night. This is one of the most amazing gigs you will ever see! Find a venue near you, and go there".

 

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