The Lonely Bears, The Lonely Bears (62:02); MA-9804-2, 1999 Pelican Sound Recordings PMB 1820 208 East 51st Street New York, NY 10022-6500 Phone: 716-381-5224 E-mail: email@example.com Cyberhome: www.magnacarta.net Master drummer Terry Bozzio and keyboardist Tony Hymas formed this project after working together with Jeff Beck in 1990. They recruited British sax veteran Tony Coe and session guitar whiz Hugh Burns and began to make records. This 1999 effort finds the foursome navigating a diverse forest of textural improvisation. One might expect Bozzio, the most famous of the group, to take center stage; but the players are in fact on very equal footing throughout. Coe's credited solely on saxes, but he also plays clarinet, bass clarinet, and on "Trois Tambours De Abed," some sort of fife or recorder. Burns sticks mainly to atmospheric, distorted wails and subtly placed arpeggios. Hymas creates synth washes, startling electronic effects, and a few lovely acoustic piano moments. And Bozzio takes an expansive, highly musical view of the drum set, sounding like both a drummer and a percussionist within the same song, sometimes within the same moment. Hymas wrote the bulk of the material. Coe contributed a beautiful soprano sax/piano duet called "Canterbury Song," Bozzio the frantically complex "Sartre." The rest of the material is either collaborative or based on traditional songs. " . . . And Excursions," a duet for drum set and acoustic piano, provides the clearest glimpse into Bozzio's improvisational concept. The record takes a little while to get going, however: The first few tracks have a certain monotony. But stick with it and you'll likely warm to this group's electro-acoustic exotica. ~David R. Adler, 2/9/00 Tracks: 1. Our Red Sea 2. Zugzwang 3. Eastern 4. Oka 5. The Freedom of the Wind 6. Trois Tambours de Abed 7. Canterbury Song 8. Sartre 9. The Alpes As We Knew Them 10. Chanson du Bonhomme 11. Alarums 12. . . . And Excursions 13. Nana Personnel: Terry Bozzio, drums; Hugh Burns, guitars; Tony Coe, saxes; Tony Hymas, keyboards
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