New Release - So Long Farewell Repair - live at The Glad Cafe
Daniel Carter - saxophone/piano
George Lyle - double bass
Fritz Welch - drums
In Memoriam George Lyle 1940 - 2016
CD/Download out now
Mixed Up Records, Glasgow (+sales through Amazon)
Just over one hour in length the recording of their set extends sonically and formally in every direction; seething not in a heedless ‘blow-out’ but as though constantly emerging in new environments – insects improvising structures of great depth using familiar materials but in counter intuitive ways. George’s playing is here in all its breadth, too: tactile adjusting and nudging, resonant low field work. From the CD liner notes:
There was a particular way that George’s hands roved for and with the bass; some kind of non-euclidian space being described. Not at all punching the clock of well trodden bass lines (no disrespect there, since he could pad around with gentle care in those shoes too) but rather pointing to (George pointed at nothing-in-particular all the time) and initiating things that were bluffs, blinds, never quite suggesting any harmony or impulse but coaxing a very sideways-shifting but grounded human presence.
Daniel and Fritz have known each other a long time, hovering around the edges of each other’s gigs in NY through the years but rarely playing together. When Daniel came to Glasgow to perform with William Parker in 2012 they reconnected and set plans in motion to work on a new project. This trio was the outcome.
George and I hit it off crackin’ jokes in the back row of a Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra gig. We talked about jamming together for a coupla years before it finally happened. By then I lived just up the hill and so it soon became a weekly occurrence. We would meet during the day, drink lots of strong coffee and shoot the breeze before playing music in his living room. He was a free players through and through and seemed to thrive on sound!
I was psyched that he was totally comfortable in the ultra weird zones that I like to inhabit. He pushed himself and his instrument to fantastic extremes. George quickly became one of my favourite collaborators. He was always down for playing. And he loved to talk about music, sounds, ideas, dreams, politics and life. He joined me and my family for Christmas dinner a few times and always brought a fresh pineapple to parties. - FW
Alasdair Campbell, who knows a good thing when he hears it, booked the project for his Counterflows festival without hesitation. We thank him once again for his amazing and ceaseless support for this music.
The concert is presented in its entirety.
Interview with George Lyle 2015
Alasdair Campbell on George Lyle 2015