Lol Coxhill

Alone and Together

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Coxhill is such a versatile player; when he turns his efforts to serious free improvisation, he is one of the two leading practitioners of the genre on soprano saxophone (the other being Steve Lacy). For this recording, Coxhill offers seven cuts from three different performances: collectively, there is a solo performance on sopranino, and a long and short solo on soprano, plus duets with Marcio Mattos on cello and live electronics, and with Stevie Wishart on violin and hurdy-gurdy. Each track has its highlights, and each listener is bound to have his or her own favorite. Wishart is a particularly effective partner on violin, as her scratchy lines wrap around the saxophone sounds. Coxhill shows spectacular depth with an endless stream of abstract ideas. His unique style effectively subverts tradition while embracing advanced techniques.

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