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Mimesis, Ten Choreographies for Soprano Saxophone and Piano

Artist: John Law

Date of Release: 01/07/2006

Catalogue no: 942

Label: ASC CD85

Price: £12

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Choreography 1 - First Light (Law)

7.24

2

 

Choreography 2 - Yaga (Lloyd)

9.01

3

 

Choreography 3 - Mimesis (Law)

4.20

4

 

Choreography 4 - Grey (Lloyd)

5.36

5

 

Choreography 5 - Nocturne (Law)

10.20

6

 

Choreography 6 - White Fragment (Lloyd)

7.26

7

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Choreography 7 - Klein Blue (Law)

5.20

8

 

Choreography 8 - Movement, Motion (Lloyd)

5.50

9

 

Choreography 9 - Florebius (Law)

1.39

10

 

Choreography 10 - Parallax (Law)

4.26

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Jon LLoyd

Ten ambient pieces, some through-composed, for saxophone and piano. Delicate soundscapes with a contemporary classical, ECM feel, inspired partly by the work of minimalist composers such as Morton Feldman. A new departure for Law and Lloyd, radically different from their early free jazz work. This new duo project concentrates on atmosphere and poise.


John Law: piano, percussion
Jon Lloyd: soprano saxophone


PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CD-R AND NOT FROM A GLASS MASTER!. I have never had any issues with the quality of this CD or any problems with it not playing. It's just like a normal CD.

 

Reviews

 

17/11/2006 John Fordham


A couple of weeks ago, the gifted British pianist John Law held the Vortex in awe, with a performance that emphasised subtle lyricism and probing swing while reworking the traditional materials of a jazz piano trio. This is a very different context for Law, in a duo with soprano saxophonist Jon Lloyd - a player/composer who has moved from free jazz toward a spacious music influenced by Morton Feldman, among others.

There are long developments of slow single-note repeats with slight harmonic shifts beneath, smokily curling soprano sax figures and conversational exchanges that sound like birdsong. Lloyd is much more expansive and fluid on Grey, and there's a prepared-piano sound and more hard-struck sax melody on Klein Blue. The later stages of Parallax, with its whirling, improvised soprano lines, is the closest thing to the pair's free-jazz antecedents. It's a specialised venture, but a distinctive one.

 

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