Various Artists / Freedom of the City 20
Album: Freedom of the City 20   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Mar 2003

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-06-09 Pull Date: 2003-08-11 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jul 20 Jun 15
Airplays: 3 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 18, 2003: Memory Select
The Need for Luxury
3. Jun 12, 2003: Audio.Pulmonary.Recitation.
2. Jul 13, 2003: To the Moon
The Need for Luxury, The Need for Luxury

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2003-06-09

Various free-improv groups recorded live at Emanem Records' annual festival in London. Most of these folks have recorded CDs for Emanem, in the combinations that you see here.

Ranges from musical and adventurous (A1-4) to outright sound/noise experiments (A5-9).

A1-A4 -- Sax/piano duets with an upbeat chamber feel. A2- Starts with smoky jazz, then moves into fiercer improv territory. A3- Fast and skittery. A4- Dark and fast

A5-9 -- Sound explorations with digital-delay effects. A5- Repetitious whispery whine. A6 adds lyrics sung in an airy, unsteady voice.
A7- Crunchier sounds, some violin. A8/9 -- Quiet.

A10-11 -- Trio of sax/trombone/trumpet. Airy untethered stuff.

B1-- Solo acoustic guitar, like avant-folk. Rapid tumblings of notes; tuneful but without much direction

B2-3 -- Trumpet with electronics. B2 is groany and slow, with pockets of intensity. B3 is choppier, ends abruptly.

B4-5 -- Duets of Evan Parker (sax) and acoustic guitar. Guitar has a steely, taut sound, especially on clacky high notes. Parker does his usual marathon flows of notes. B5 has the two playing separately. B6 is a nicely involved piece.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Watts, Trevor/Veryan Weston Ways and Means
2. Watts, Trevor/Veryan Weston The Need for Luxury
3. Watts, Trevor/Veryan Weston Agreeable Work
4. Watts, Trevor/Veryan Weston Free Alignment
5. Hallett, Sylvia Swarming
6. Hallett, Sylvia Violet Revisited
7. Hallett, Sylvia Insect Amnesty
8. Hallett, Sylvia Geese in Ice
9. Hallett, Sylvia The Tottenham Cormorants
10. Coxhill/Rutherford/Smith For the Second Time
11. Coxhill/Rutherford/Smith Minute Solo Sequence
12. Smith, Roger Under the Greenwood Tree
13. Burn, Chris/Matt Hutchinson Monkeyshine
14. Burn, Chris/Matt Hutchinson Monkeyshine - End
15. Parker, Evan/John Russell Gist in Time - Duo
16. Parker, Evan/John Russell Gist in Time - Solos
17. Parker, Evan/John Russell Gist in Time - Duo Again
18. Parker, Evan/John Russell Two of Three
19. Parker, Evan/John Russell Which End?