Adam Bohman prepared strings and objects
Jonathan Bohman oscillators
Mark Browne alto saxophone
Lol Coxhill soprano saxophone
The Priory Arms
"I always thought that the Priory Arms in Stockwell had a good acoustic. Its length was around twice its width and there was a good mixture of hard and soft materials in its construction and decor. No deep carpets to mop up the sound.
The club was run by the trombonist Alan Tomlinson.
Having not heard these recordings in a long time, I was struck by how similar my alto playing then is compared with my current sound and aims. This is particularly evident in the second piece with its emphasis on multiphonics.
Adam’s solos are typically abstract, and almost geological in immensity.
Lol plays a fine solo with characteristic breaks to enlighten the audience about the basis for his improvisation.
After the concert Lol explained that as the start of I Can’t Get Started and Parry’s Jerusalem share the same opening notes, the performance could have gone either way."
Red Rose Club
"This was recorded as part of Robert Powell’s Greenhouse event at the Red Rose.
Adam and I had played in Robert’s Greenhouse (in the back garden of his house in Uxbridge) as early as November 1990.
The greenhouse was a standard 6ftx4ft construction with staging for Adam’s equipment and an oil heater.
These early concerts would typically be played in the dark and in the rain. They became a regular fixture, with many musicians invited to play and receive Robert’s hospitality.
As many as 8 musicians could be crammed into the greenhouse, but mostly playing was arranged in rotation.
Plans became more adventurous and the concert presented here was programmed away from the Uxbridge garden location.
In order to maintain something of the original suburban feature, a greenhouse structure, without the glass, was to be assembled in the Red Rose Club.
However, the assemblage became lost in transit and never arrived."
"Second in a trio of recordings with Lol Coxhill, Mark Browne, Adam and Jonathan Bohman recorded a long time ago by Mark Browne and miraculously found / released by Liam Stefani on scätter, the legendary label of the nineties, which devotes all its efforts to publishing digital archives like these.
Mark Browne is a solid alto saxophonist who shreds melody, sounds, articulation and performs with the unmistakable Lol Coxhill, legendary saxophonist and original improviser between the originals. The two Bohman brothers were at the dawn of their logical career. Handling recovered and recycled objects, arranged on a table amplified by contact microphones or shaking the most heterogeneous utensils, they create a noisy and visual universe that baffles the listener. Toilet paper rolls, brushes, knives, spoons, boxes, ropes, metal, plastic or wooden objects, used credit cards, rubber bands, clothespins, springs, Trappist beer glasses or wine glasses, pie tin , rods,… you really have to see to believe it.
The two concerts recorded at the Priory Arms in Stockwell in 1995 and at the Red Rose in Islington in 1996 bring together no less than twelve pieces including duos Browne and Coxhill or the Bohman Brothers, but also some memorable solos by Lol embellished with musicological comments that are worth their weight in ale and beyond the imagination of the shrunken jazz fan.
It's superbly recorded and we have some unforgettable moments. The informal, even good-natured atmosphere of these gigs of London suburbs always exerts a fascination on cognoscenti as if a piece of the time spent listening and enjoying a beer with such a company (here Coxhill, Browne and the Bohmans) pursued us all our lifetime, by obliterating any notion of space-time.
The performance at the Red Rose (the Mecca of the London scene from 1991 to 2007) was supposed to take place in a site-specific recreation of Robert Powell's Greenhouse where memorable concerts took place thirty years ago. By that I mean a horticultural greenhouse. All the elements of the greenhouse had been expressly transported… somewhere... and the concert took place on stage in its absence.
In short, do not hesitate to download these sound memories for an amount in pounds sterling at your discretion, satisfaction guaranteed."
[Jean-Michel van Schouwburg]
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