Live at Café OTO
WEAVIL33DD - 2009
Bo' Weavil Recordings presents a live recording of UK free jazz trio Alan Wilkinson (baritone/alto sax, voice), John Edwards (bass), and Steve Noble (drums/percussion). Let's face it, the recording, the thing (CD, vinyl, iPod), is a convenient form of storing and a flawed attempt at revisiting the ecstasy of the live experience. Live music is at the heart of civilization and culture. Live music is real music -- the recording is simply the run-out groove of time, a means to try and capture the experience. This trio is defined by live performance. The relationship between them, fused into an innate musical understanding through constant exposure to one another in the fiery amphitheater of improvisation, driven by their individuality, bursts into fissive conflagration in live performance. Resourcefully, remorselessly, inventive; muscular and graceful as the needs be -- as the moment requires -- they are live, alive, life. You can't possibly experience this group in all their live magnificence on this wonderful recording, made at Cafe Oto in London's Dalston in the summer of 2008. But what you do have is a document, an authentification if you like, of these three consummate musicians live. This is what it's like; all you have to do is close your eyes, spin the volume dial clockwise, conjure up what you would imagine to be Cafe Oto in your mind's eye and revisit the ecstasy of the live experience.