Friday, September 19, 2003

Tippett/Stabbins/Moholo - Tern (Atavistic, 2003)

Another feather in the cap of the Atavistic Unheard Music Series. I approached this with interest and a little bit of trepidation, having read a lot about Tippett's place in the vanguard of European free improvisation. I wasn't sure whether I would "get it" or not. Actually it turns out to be a wonderful release of a live concert from 1982 - abstract, yes but it always keeps your interest. Larry Stabbins was a revelation to me both on tenor and soprano, he plays very well, navigating both the uptempo almost violent sections of the music but also playing well on the slow spacey parts. This is a very worthwhile download for those with open ears.

Rating: 7.5

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