Spring 2020 new releases
Thanks for taking a few minutes to read about these recent CD/DL releases from Discus Music. We hope you'll find some sounds to enjoy within our ever expanding catalogue! Please visit www.discus-music.co.uk to buy or www.discusmusic.bandcamp.com to have a browse through the sound files. All prices include post and packing worldwide. And don't forget there's a 30% reduction on everything you spend over £25 on the site (discount not available on Bandcamp purchases) - MARTIN ARCHER
MARTIN ARCHER - ANTHROPOLOGY BAND - DISCUS 90CD.
Taking the electric music of Miles Davis as its starting point, Anthropology Band is about finding the atmosphere through a deep rhythm, a searing blues run, a delicate melody, or a cascading solo statement. Band leader Martin Archer has kept the music as simple as possible – often driven by the bassline – and the structures loose, to enable this who’s who of UK creative musicians to let the music breathe in a different way each time it is played. There are multiple chordal instruments in the centre of the sound, allowing each soloist to sit on a kaleidoscopic wave of intercrossing figures which push the music forward.
"Five stars. Again a creative project by Martin Archer..... And so we can have two versions in one fell swoop: a great idea, ambitious and winning. The style is towards electric Miles, progressive rock, and, on some tracks, improvised modern jazz. Wide and open structures, imbued with a beautiful blues feeling, which allow those who find the inspiration to assert their expressiveness. However, it is always Miles' imprint that dominates, not least because of the pervasive presence of Charlotte Keefe's trumpet ..... Archer's stable does not disappoint, nor does it disappoint those who, with skilful creativity, organiSe and guide it." - A. G. Bertinetto, KATHODIK
"Though Martin Archer's Anthropology Band readily acknowledges its debt to electric era Miles as its starting point, it quickly hurtles off into its own distinctive space. Chris Sharkey's vivid, blazing guitar adds a fevered counterpoint to Archer's sinuous brass themes which frame much of this 2 CD set. Gong bassist Dave Sturt adds notable definition." - Sid Smith, PROG
On this double CD the music is presented in two versions, firstly by the live band: Martin Archer - saxophones, electronics, composer / Charlotte Keeffe - trumpet, flugelhorn, arranger / Chris Sharkey - guitar, electronics / Pat Thomas, keyboards, electronics / Corey Mwamba - vibraphone / Dave Sturt - bass guitar / Peter Fairclough - drums. And on the second CD an 11 piece brass and woodwind section, arranged by Martin and Charlotte, is added. We wrote these parts with the idea in mind "what would Gil Evans have written for Bitches Brew?"
WALT SHAW - BURNT WITH A BRILLIANT LIGHT - DISCUS 91DL. (Download only)
"At the opening of my solo visual art exhibition at Déda, Derby, January 11th 2020, I did a solo percussion performance. I used drums, cymbals, gongs, bowls, home-made instruments and objects. The performance consisted of 10 short sound ‘sketches’, each one dedicated to a different artist that has meant a lot to me in my artistic development. I am always looking for processes that in some way fuse my love of sound and the visual art medium. So hopefully each percussion ‘sketch’ appropriately invokes the spirit of each artist with my personal sound interpretation." - Walt Shaw
"We’re not sure whether he was a painter or a percussionist first, only that he has been doing this for quite a long time and is incredibly talented. Shaw also makes many of his own instruments (often from scrap) and has a special affinity for gongs. Earlier this year, his two worlds collided in an enjoyable way: a solo percussion set performed at the opening of his art exhibition at Deda. Each short “sketch” is dedicated to an artist who has influenced Shaw.....But whether the cover draws the attention to the music, the music to the art, or the titles to the work of others, all components work in connection ~ like an assemblage or a collage. The circle is complete." - Richard Allen, A CLOSER LISTEN
ARTICLE XI - LIVE IN NEWCASTLE - DISCUS 89CD.
Article XI came together in 2014 when Anton was commissioned by the Manchester Jazz Festival to create a new set of music for large ensemble. This record continues the group's explorations into large ensemble collective composition, with two new pieces alongside re-imaginings of two pieces from their debut 2018 album. "Live in Newcastle" was recorded at the Bridge Hotel during a concert for Jazz North East, long-standing supporters of improvised music, and a night which bandleader Anton Hunter has had a long relationship with over the years.
Sam Andreae - alto saxophone / Oliver Dover - alto saxophone / Simon Prince - tenor saxophone & flute / Cath Roberts - baritone saxophone / Graham South - trumpet / Nick Walters - trumpet / Kieran McLeod - trombone / Tullis Rennie - trombone / Seth Bennett - double bass / Johnny Hunter - drums / Anton Hunter - guitar
THE GEORDIE APPROACH - SHIELDS - DISCUS 84CD.
Ståle Birkeland - Drums / Petter Frost Fadnes - Saxophone & Electronics / Chris Sharkey- Guitar & Electronics
"Shields is their major statement: two long, no-edits performances recorded in a converted Methodist church in Leeds. The saxophone, guitar and drums trio.....sound like anything but - the huge, echoing rumbles of "North" resemble slowed down whale song or tectonic chatter; they just come from sax or guitar, but flanged and gated and utterly, fascinatingly denatured. There is a deep understanding between the players, bacause both movements.....move with an almist narrative logic, as if a journey has already been made." - Brian Morton, THE WIRE
RON CAINES / MARTIN ARCHER AXIS - DREAM FEATHERS - DISCUS 88CD.
"Challenging categorisation, Dream Feathers is a three-dimensional, headphones-on exploration of beauty and openness. The grooves may become pleasingly familiar, each time you listen, but the improvisatory spirit also sustains interest to return again and again to discover more." - Adrian Pallant, AP Reviews
"I could do a track by track description, much better to hear this wonderful recording for yourself. These are all Ron Caines tunes, yet the ensemble is everything. In places the Gus Garside/Johnny Hunter bass/drums team hang on it like Carter and Williams from the Miles Davis Quartet, such is their stealth. Laura Cole’s piano (acoustic & electric) structures the fix. Anton Hunter’s guitar, pithy, not over played. Archer’s multiple "hornweb" on African Violets, a gift. He and Hervé Perez provide all kinds of enhancing, yet nothing diverts from the Caines tenet. By the time the ensemble reach the final track, Almazon/1934, they are essential. That hanging piano rings out a melody like bells from a high tower. Ron Caines, tenor purchasing another plangent melody squeezed by electrophopia. In the transfer from Almazon to 1934 the guitar is pushed through a gizmo, grinding the notes to audio dust accompanied by a field recording of bird song. And the horn, a lone deity left to flood the senses. Magnificent." - Steve Day, stevedaywordsandmusic
In this continuing series of releases with Ron - the mastermind behind East Of Eden, one of the most creative and adventurous groups to come out of the 1960s collision between jazz, rock and psychedelia - we seem to have arrived at an interesting place where an ostensibly straight jazz group playing beautifully realised melodic material is somehow unexpectedly pulled sideways into a strange alternative electroacoustic universe. We like this little clearing in the forest which we've found for Ron's music - and in many ways it mirrors the pioneering work of his early music with East Of Eden, all be it with technology which was not available to those musicians in those days. Come hear this master melodist at work. Album artworks by Susan Caines.
** credits Ron Caines – soprano, alto & tenor saxophones Martin Archer – bass clarinet, organ, electronics, horn section Laura Cole – acoustic and electric pianos, harmonium Hervé Perez – field recordings, electronics, sound design/processing Anton Hunter – guitar and electronics Gus Garside - double bass Johnny Hunter - drums Gus G
MPH - TAXONOMIES - DISCUS 87CD.
Alex Maguire - piano, Hammond organ / Martin Pyne - vibraphone, drums, percussion, electronics / Mark Hewins - guitars, electronics.
"The titles of the works are inspired by various flora and fauna, sich as 'False Jasmine', 'Meadowsweet', 'Purple Loosestrife', and 'Sally Lightfoot'. The names are to suggest "timeless narrative, characters, landscapes and mindscapes." This they do, in full bloom. The catholic palette of settings from lazy daydreaming to rippling directions, and exotic chance, provides the audience with a series of short films for the ears and imagination. 'Taxonomies' is very curious, distinguished and inventive." - Lee Henderson, BIG BEAUTIFUL NOISE
MPH is a trio featuring three of the most creative musical minds on the improv scene today. Their music draws from a huge range of genres to create bewitching and astonishingly original sound pictures, shot through with vitality, tenderness and humour. Taxonomies is the trio’s debut album, taking inspiration from a quirky perspective on the natural world.