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John Russell on Emanem CDs

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4039 SPONTANEOUS MUSIC ORCHESTRA "Mouthpiece" (1973)
5014 OTHERWAYS & FREE SPACE "Life Amid the Artifacts" (1973/84)
5009 "Teatime" (1973-5)


JOHN RUSSELL / MAARTEN ALTENA / TERRY DAY "The Fairly Young Bean" (1981) EMANEM 4036

Acoustic guitar, cello or double bass, & percussion trio improvisations - intended for release as the third CAW LP, which never happened. A complete studio session featuring unique music. 76 minutes - previously unissued.

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NEWS FROM THE SHED (1989) EMANEM 4121

Classic quintet improvising by an ad hoc grouping that quickly became a group lasting for several years. JOHN BUTCHER (tenor & soprano saxophones), PHIL DURRANT (violin & electronics), PAUL LOVENS (selected drums, cymbals & saw), RADU MALFATTI (trombone, zither & accessories), JOHN RUSSELL (acoustic guitar). Reissue of Acta LP 4 with extra material. 63 minutes.

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4056 CHRIS BURN ENSEMBLE "The Place 1991"


JOHN RUSSELL & ROGER TURNER "Birthdays" (1996) EMANEM 4010

Adventurous acoustic guitar & percussion improvisations by two of the finest musicians around. A remarkable range of sounds without any amplification or other electronics, captured in a digital recording that reveals every nuance. "The whole CD sounds incredibly crisp and fresh. One of the best CDs of improvised music I ever heard." (Luc Houtkamp from an unsolicited email.) 69 minutes.

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4302 STRINGS WITH EVAN PARKER (1997-2000)


JOHN BUTCHER / PHIL DURRANT / JOHN RUSSELL "The Scenic Route" (1998) EMANEM 4029

Most of two concert performances by this exceptional all acoustic saxophone / violin / guitar trio, featuring somewhat longer and sparser improvisations that on their previous issues. 67 minutes.

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4209 "The All Angels Concerts" (1999-2001)


JOHN RUSSELL & ROGER TURNER "The Second Sky" (2001) EMANEM 4058

A second helping of adventurous acoustic guitar & percussion improvisations by two of the finest musicians around (see also "Birthdays"). A remarkable range of sounds without any amplification or other electronics. Even though they played their first duo gig in 1978, they still keep coming up with incredibly fresh and inventive music. 69 minutes.

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4080 CHRIS BURN ENSEMBLE "Horizontals White" (2001)
4205 freedom of the city 2001 "small groups"
4206 freedom of the city 2001 "large groups"


JOHN RUSSELL "From Next to Last" (2001-2) EMANEM 4071

For his second solo album - the first was recorded in 1978 - Russell concentrates exclusively on acoustic guitar improvisations. Recorded both in private and in concert. 71 minutes.

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4210 freedom of the city 2002 "small groups"


"Mopomoso Solos 2002" EMANEM 4100

A concert featuring superb unaccompanied solo improvisations by JOHN RUSSELL guitar, PHIL MINTON voice, JOHN EDWARDS double bass, LOL COXHILL soprano saxophone and CHRIS BURN piano & percussion. Then they finished the evening as an impromptu quintet. 70 minutes.

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4212 freedom of the city 2003 "small groups"


JOHN RUSSELL / UTE VÍLKER / MATHIEU WERCHOWSKI "Three Planets" (2003) EMANEM 4106

A very fine acoustic (guitar, accordion and violin) improvising trio, made up of three musicians of three different ages from three different countries. Put together by a promoter for a French festival in 2001, they related so well that they have continued to get together whenever possible to make great music. 79 minutes.

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4215 freedom of the city 2004 "small groups"


JOHN RUSSELL "Analekta" (2004/6) EMANEM 4138

Three duos and a Quaqua. Russell's monthly Mopomoso concerts usually end with him playing a duo - this CD contains three examples. The guitarist's first duo with tenor saxophonist GARRY TODD was in 1975 and appeared on a long deleted Incus LP TEATIME (reissued as EMANEM 5009) - this is a reunion 30 years later. An ongoing duo has been that of Russell and jazz trumpeter HENRY LOWTHER - not as unlikely as it may seem. CHEFA ALONSO, who plays soprano saxophone and percussion, is a new encounter for the guitarist, but one with a lot of improvising experience and skill. Also included is the nine-piece Quaqua that Russell organised for the 2006 FREEDOM OF THE CITY festival with NICOLE LEGROS & JEAN-MICHEL VAN SCHOUWBURG (voices), STEFAN KEUNE (alto saxophone), PHILIPP WACHSMANN (violin), ASHLEY WALES (piano), IVOR KALLIN (double bass), JAVIER CARMONA (percussion), and STEVE BERESFORD (electronics). 78 minutes.

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4136 LOL COXHILL "More Together Than Alone" (2000-5)
4137 TERRY DAY "2006 Duos"


PASCAL MARZAN & JOHN RUSSELL "Translations" (2007/10) EMANEM 5019

Improvised guitar duets recorded at two dates by two very different musicians from two countries. In spite (or perhaps, because) of their differences, the French nylon-strung and the English steel-strung guitarists fit together hand-in-glove. Once again the world of free improvisation encompasses and fuses musicians from very different backgrounds to create a unified whole. 73 minutes.

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