"The idea of music can inhibit musical development. The musical practice that Seymour and I share, and aspire to develop, is the experimental. It is an open engagement with the materiality, in our case especially materials that can make sounds. It is, I suggest, a mixing of materiality without general sensibility of enquiry. We wish to know the nature of things, we wish to invest ourselves into the nature of things. We observe responses to sounds and we want to develop a processive philosophy in which the investigative ethic is given full rein. We know from our experience that new human relationships can develop within such a collaborative practice. This is the art to which we apply our imaginations." - Eddie Prévost
Eddie Prévost - roto toms
Seymour Wright - alto saxophone
Recorded at Trinity College of Music, Greenwich, England on 2nd of April 2008 by Sebastian Lexer. Mastered by Sebastian Lexer. Cover art by Paula Wright.
Available as a 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC download.
1. G - 16:19
2. A - 10:23
3. M - 5:11
4. U - 10:15
5. T - 14:08
Eddie Prévost began his life in music as a jazz drummer. A recurring interest in this form has been maintained, although always with an experimental ethos. Along the way he has maintained his fifty-year plus experimental credentials with AMM and numerous other improvisation projects, including his now twenty-year long weekly workshop. But drumming has generally been backgrounded to his experimental percussion work. More though, is to be expected of his drumming in 2020 on forthcoming multi-CD album: The Unexpected Alchemy. A part of this Krakow festival recording features the drums and saxophone trio of Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, and Eddie Prévost. His most recent released recordings include AMM’s: An Unintended Legacy, and a duo with John Butcher - Visionary Fantasies, both on Matchless Recordings. Also, a solo percussion LP on the Earshots label called Matching Mix. Later, in 2020 he meets with Jason Yarde and Nathan Moore, while in March concerts and recording will hear him drumming with US guitarist Henry Kaiser and saxophonist Binker Golding.
And, early 2020 should see the publication of his fourth book: An Uncommon Music for the Common Man: a polemical memoir.
“Prévost's free drumming flows superbly making use of his formidable technique. It’s as though there has never been an Elvin Jones or Max Roach.” - Melody Maker
“Relentlessly innovative yet full of swing and fire.” – Morning Star
Seymour Wright’s work is about the creative, situated friction of learning, ideas, people and the saxophone – music, history and technique – actual and potential.
His solo work is documented on three widely-acclaimed collections - Seymour Wright of Derby (2008), Seymour Writes Back (2015) and Is This Right? (2017).
Current projects include: abaria with Ute Kanngiesser; [Ahmed] with Antonin Gerbal, Joel Grip and Pat Thomas; @xcrswx with Crystabel Riley; GUO with Daniel Blumberg; The Experimental Library with Evie Ward; XT with Paul Abbott; a trans-atlantic duet with Anne Guthrie, and, with Jean-luc Guionnet a project addressing an imaginary lacunae in Aby Warburg's Atlas Mnemosyne.
His writing has been published in C//A, Sound American and The Wire.