Barre Phillips

Play 'Em as They Fall

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A free improvisation meeting between two renowned practitioners, Barre Phillips worked in avant-garde jazz, playing with everyone from Louis Armstrong to Archie Shepp and Ornette Coleman through to Derek Bailey and Evan Parker. A bass player of extraordinary caliber, his prime performances are often solo and can be heard on his many great '70s recordings for ECM. Kaou Imai is known in the Japanese avant-garde world as a member of the legendary Taj Mahal Travellers and for his work with Masayuka Takayanagi and New Direction Unit. A highly experimental guitarist, his style bares similarities to the great six-string abstractionists Derek Bailey and Fred Frith. Together the duo brings their improvisation mastery to the studio and creates intimate explorations of extended technique and rapid-fire post-jazz dialogue. A beautiful pragmatic recording casts a clear light on methods of these two acclaimed avant-garde instrumentalists, making this a standout recording in the free improvisation cannon.