Derek Bailey / Luc Houtkamp

The Field Recordings 3: The Thunderclaps CD, Live at Den Haag

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This recording includes selections from performances over a two-year period at the Thunderclap Series at the Den Haag Korzo Theatre in Holland. The music here crosses genres, although the unifying thread is a free-style, modernist bent. Highlights include a wild avant-garde jazz romp with the deliciously devilish trio of Luc Houtkamp on tenor saxophone, Misha Mengelberg on piano, and Gert-Jan Prins on percussion; a powerful version of "Study No. 20," by Charles Ives, performed by pianist John Snijders; an attractive tape and string bass composition written by Joanna Stepalska and performed by André Dienske; and a strong left-of-center rock trio consisting of guitarist Stephen Wittwer, bassist Marino Pilskas, and drummer Lucas Niggli. The remaining five tracks do not fare as well.

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