John Butcher - soprano and tenor saxophones
Matthew Shipp - piano
1. curling / charred (tenor solo) 8:51
2. mud / hiss (soprano solo) 8:25
3. fundamental field (piano solo) 14:51
4. generative grammar (duo) 29:14
Recorded by Sebastian Lexer live at Cafe Oto, London on 14 February 2010
Concert broadcast on BBC Radio 3's "Jazz on 3", a Somethin' Else production
Special thanks to producer Peggy Sutton and to Hamish Dunbar at Cafe Oto
Mixed by John Butcher
Mastered by Rupert Clervaux at Gray's Inn Road
Artwork by Mark Spelman
Music by John Butcher (1, 2 & 4) and Matthew Shipp (3 & 4)
The first meeting of two masters of improvised music. Concentrated solo pieces from each before an uncompromising duo.
When Matthew Shipp was invited to London's Cafe Oto for a residency in 2010 he immediately asked to play with John Butcher, perhaps not the most obvious choice of collaborator but one that proved inspired. Although they generally work in very different areas of improvised music, both players share an intensity of focus and pugnacious individualism that heightened rather than hindered their ability to work together. This is not a polite meeting in the middle but a genuine synthesis in which both remain resolutely themselves but both are transformed.
The concert was recorded for broadcast on Jazz on 3. For this CD edition, the recording has been meticulously re-mixed by John Butcher and expertly mastered by Rupert Clervaux to bring out the full physical force of the performance.
Numbered edition of 500 CDs
350gsm card outer cover
150gsm paper inner cover
Four colour risograph print