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BBC 2000 [no label, 1CD]
Jazz On 3, broadcast May 6, 2000. Excellent audio.
British bass titan Paul Rogers is perhaps best known for his work with the improv jazz quartet, Mujician, which includes Paul Dumnall, Keith Tippett and Tony Levin (not the one in King Crimson). As the BBC noted, his ability to swing hard, sing sweetly and get down, dirty and abstract has made him bassist of choice for top improvisers like Evan Parker, John Stevens and Keith Tippett. A player of finesse and feeling, he has appeared on dozens of albums, performing with Daunik Lazro, Michel Doneda, Evan Parker, Ramon Lopez and Ivo Perelman to name but a few. He released his first solo album, Heron Moon, in 1995. A second CD of solo performances, Listen, appeared in 2002.
Interview with Philip Gibbs, mindyourownmusic.co.uk (2002):
My job isn’t just to interpret someone else’s music. I need to play as well as any classical musician, plus improvise and compose music, constantly make a good sound and continually be creative. I have too much inside me to just interpret. Playing composed music stops you from playing the real music. People have this idea that improvised music is about making funny sounds, breaking glass or whatever, which is pathetic. It’s like saying ‘Classical music - that’s Beethoven isn’t it?’ or ‘Jazz - that’s Stan Getz or Kenny Ball isn’t it?’ Of course it isn’t just one thing, there are millions of sounds and ideas. Unfortunately, there’s no money in this business, so the criminals who run the live music scene have completely written us improvisers out of music history…
The whole point for me is that ‘free’ improvisation means playing whatever you want. If it’s in your head or it’s a real part of you and you don’t make a big deal about introducing particular ’strange’ elements then it works and there’s a natural progression of ideas. Some people are really scared of being melodic or playing in time - maybe it’s because they can’t, but that means nothing to me. If you want to play a chord sequence you should do it. I mean, how free can it be if you are deliberately avoiding things? Some free players will start out by saying, for example, we’ll start with a duo or finish with this or that type of ending… blah, blah, blah… that’s bollocks. That’s not art, that’s just control, and if someone wants to do that properly they should write a piece of music.
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Thanks to TomP (tom_phillips) for sharing the tracks at Dime.
TomP noted: “Inconstantsol list this as three tracks, but I’m 99 per cent sure it was announced as four and it is tracked so.”
Cover photo from inconstantsol.blogspot - Thanks!
FM > CDR (Panasonic 609) > EAC > Edit > Tag & Rename > TLH (flac 6 + SBE / decode check)
Corrected FM phase offset
Fixed lots of balance swings
Noise print NR, very low setting for max SQ, not max NR
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Paul Rogers - five-string double bass, percussion (*)
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