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The Tan T'ien

Artist: Nikki Iles

Date of Release: 01/01/1997

Catalogue no: FMRCD51-V0898

Label: FMR

Price: £12

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

Two Cheers (Martin Speake)

2

 

Improvisation 1 (Speake/Iles)

3

 

What and I doing here? (Martin Speake)

4

 

Improvisation 2 (Speake/Iles)

5

 

Scolastic (Vince Mendoza)

6

 

Improvisation 3 (Speake/Iles)

7

 

Turn Out the Stars (Bill Evans)

8

 

Improvisation 4 (Speake/Iles)

9

 

Compensation (Kenny Werner)

10

 

Improvisation 5 (Speake/Iles)

11

 

Ugly Beauty (Thelonius Monk)

12

 

Improvisation 6 (Speake/Iles)

13

 

Veils (Nikki Iles)

14

 

Improvisation 7 (Speake/Iles)

15

 

The Tan T'ien (Martin Speake)

16

 

Improvisation 8 (Speake/Iles)

17

 

It Shoud've Happened A Long Time Ago (Paul Motian)

18

 

Improvisation 9 (Speake/Iles)

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Martin Speake

Nikki Iles and I met for the first time properly at the Glamorgan Summer School where we were both teaching in 1996. We had found a spare moment to practice after a full day of teaching and played some tunes together. It felt effortless to play together and our rhythmic and melodic sense seemed compatible. We talked about music and found we had common influences - Bill Evans, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Charlie Haden, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Charlie Parker, Paul Bley, Ravel, Debussy, Vaughan Williams to name a few. I thought it would be a good idea to record so we each brought some tunes and then at the end of the seesion with half and hour to spare we played some freely improvised duets. We both felt that these 'miniatures' worked really well and so I programmed them between each of the structured tunes in the order that we recorded them. I hope you enjoy listening to the music as much as we did playing it. Martin Speake

 

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