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High Laver Reflections

by Kordik / Lucas / Prévost

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Peal Away 12:34


Four improvised pieces recorded at All Saints Church, High Laver, Spring 2019.

This CD is released as a coproduction between Earshots and Matchless Recordings

A quote from the CD sleeve notes about the recording session at All Saints Church, High Laver:

"...The main reason for being here was to return after recording with Eddie the previous year for his solo LP Matching Mix (all tracks but one on that LP were captured in this 12th century building); and to continue the project we had set ourselves - but had run out of time - during our first visit. Back then we discussed the possibilities of a mutual release, hence this Matchless-Earshots collaboration, which underpins a long standing fellowship that we are privileged to be a part of."


Vital weekly n.1255:

"Churches are beloved places for musicians. Not to pray, I guess, but to do recordings and use the space as a sort of natural reverb. In the All Saints Church in High Laver, Essex in spring 2019, Daniel Kordik (modular synthesizer), Edward Lucas (trombone) and Eddie Prevost (percussion) met up to play some music. Of the three, Prevost, is the best-known musician, I guess, for his many years with AMM, and whatever else in the world of improvised music.

It is the éminence grise and the next generation at work here, and it works well. Prevost works the cymbals with bows and those sound great in such cavernous circumstances. In a space like this, you need to control the sound, give it air in this big space and that is something that these three men do very well. There isn't an endless stacking of tones going on here; au contraire, there is quite a lot of space between the notes.

Each of the players brings to the table their speciality; short and bumpy tones of the trombone, longer and sustaining strokes on the cymbals and the modular synthesizer being able to pull both and holding the middle ground between the two ends here. And yet, also the trombone and the percussion can do shorter and longer sounds if need be. All of this doesn't mean this is very quiet music; far from it. This music can be loud and confrontational, right next to quiet and intimate.

There is some truly fine dialogue going on between the three players and it is good to see Prevost playing the snare drum as I haven't heard him doing that in quite some time (in "Peal Away'). All in all these four pieces encompass a lot of things; dark, light, dense, spacious and above all some great interaction between the players in achieving that. (FdW)"




released October 12, 2020

Eddie Prévost: Percussion
Edward Lucas: Trombone
Daniel Kordik: Modular Synthesiser

Recording and mix by Kordik / Lucas
Master by Rupert Clerveaux
Drawing by Billy Steiger
Photography by Jean Prévost
Layout by Daniel Kordik


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