LINE SERIES - Improvisation

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LINE 8

 

rake

 

David Broscoe, alto & tenor saxophones, bassoon, percussion

Jamie Gullikson, drums & suitcase

Rory Magill, drums, bass, bells, melodica

 

 

 

Interview with Rory Magill

 

What the critics are saying:

 

"As a unit, they create a fury of unvarnished aggressiveness with freely improvised pieces containing emotion as well as forcefulness. ...The recording is not a continuous expulsion of fire and brimstone. Several passages show a controlled sense of direction where intricacy of execution plays an equally important role. ...Above all the live recording contains spontaneity. The three musicians improvise collectively or individually for the length of the album, which translates into an exciting ride for the adventurous listener."

 

— Frank Rubilino, Cadence

 

"To say that free improvisation has fallen out of fashion is akin to bemoaning the so-called 'death of conversation'.  One might postulate that conversation has died because of the cultural dominance of television or the Internet, but that doesn't mean that people don't still talk long into the night about important matters of the heart and mind.  Conversation has just gone  underground -- so goes free jazz.  Driven into dark places by the rise of music that looks backward to the '50's and beyond, free music -- jazz's equivalent of the late-night, unbridled conversation -- remains alive, even where you would least expect it.

 

... Enter Rake, a musically adventurous trio based in Ottawa, Canada's capital of anything but free music.  With the unusual instrumentation of two percussionists and a reed player who features bassoon as much as sax, rake creates rich, widely variegated textures.  There is some of the angularity of Braxton, a little of the wry music-play of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, more than a measure of Brötzmann's Sturm-und-Drang. Mostly, there is conversation -- free and far-ranging.  Listen up!"

 

—James Hale

 

"Enter Rake, a musically adventurous trio based in Ottawa, Canada's capital of anything but free music. With the unusual instrumentation of two percussionists and a reed player who features bassoon as much as sax, rake creates rich, widely variegated textures. There is some of the angularity of Braxton, a little of the wry music-play of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, more than a measure of Brötzmann's Sturm-und-Drang. Mostly, there is conversation"

 

— Clearspot.com