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Paul Baylis born 1959 .Worked with Carmel,John Stevens,Mervyn Afrika,Stuart MCcallum,Nick Stephens,Phil Wachsmann,Dave Cliff,Manu Dibango(W Carmel) and many others.CDs reviewed in Cadence Magazine and The Wire.

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I am currently exploring solo saxophone.


Selmer Balanced Action Alto Saxophone (1936)


REVIEW FROM CADENCE MAGAZINE The meeting of this Manchester England based improvised music trio centres on 3 improvisations recorded during the summer of 2010.Most Interestingly,while these 3 excursions consist of a hair over an hour of extended works,the first 2 cuts “Forth” and Osiris Slain clock in at almost 30 minutes each.While these players may be unknown to most,the members have played with quite a few British talents like John Stevens,Dudu Pukwana,Cinematic Orchestra and Tim Garland as well as select meetings with other international names.For the most part,the performances are slowly unfolding dramas that make the most of spacious surroundings and a dreamy sonic landscape.Though mellow,this is vibrant music of beauty filled with gentle melodies that are often sparked by Baylis alto. The dramatic Forth opens the venture with Baylis alto work fluttering in concert with McCallums opaque chords under which Howards cymbals and toms create an engaging atmosphere.On this initial contribution,Howards stirring contemplations ,while never overbearing,stoke the lustrous undercurrent for his partners fleet movements.Taking their cues from one another “Osiris Slain” is another journey of epic lengh that employs a full hearted vibe at the outset.Hinting at planned blueprints for their path,a groove sets in and the intensity crests at both a quarter and halfway through for packed,yet vivid echoes.Finally the groups minmilistic approach ventures towward a near whisper on the terse epilogue “Beckoning”. While such lenghy improvisations require patience and focus,they can pay off in the right hands.In this Trios vision,the dreamy,slowly evolving creations offer worthwhile representations of the quieter side of free improvisation.As an aside,worth noting is that this is a release limited to 250 copies,so if these folks pique your interest,better act fast Jay Collins Cadence Magazine Ap,May,June 2011


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