Agustí Fernández / Peter Kowald

Sea of Lead

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This set of free improvisations by pianist Agustí Fernández and bassist Peter Kowald sometimes hints at Cecil Taylor (such as on "Tendrils") while in other stretches, particularly when Fernández utilizes a prepared piano, it is closer to the bizarre sound explorations of guitarist Derek Bailey. While Fernández is the main voice, Kowald stays close to him and it never sounds as if the two musicians are not listening closely to each other. During its best moments, the spontaneous music is quite hypnotic and stirring, and none of the selections overstays its welcome no matter how outside the music becomes.

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