Paul Lovens

Was It Me?

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Two high-caliber percussionists in free improvisation, this duo of German Paul Lovens and his British brother in experimental drum techniques, Paul Lytton, recorded this session in 1977. The album is a landmark in European free improvisation, matched by few other recording in the genre. Collectively the duo has worked with an enormous range of artists across the field of avant-garde music: Cecil Taylor, Barry Guy, the Globe Unity Orchestra, Evan Parker, and Eugene Chadbourne -- and that's just scratching the surface. They produced a couple of albums of their outstanding duo dialogue between 1977 and 1980, producing these releases on their own Po Torch label. Most striking in this work is the peculiarity of their techniques; emphasis is on small and fragile sounds. Electronically processing percussion and generally high-energy flailing around clusters of abstract rhythmic invention are where they construct their music, fearlessly going beyond the limitations of their instruments. The recording surpasses the expectations of a drum duo recording, and in effect, on Was It Me? the two create a music that is closer to electro-acoustic music than jazz or improvisation.

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