We are thrilled to roll out the next three digital releases from FMP. These are solo joints from sister label SAJ, only previously available on LP. They join the Evan Parker/Barry Guy duo Incision (SAJ-35), also recently available for sale at the D:O Store.
The first features tall John Tchicai, from 1977. At the time, this solo album convincingly made the case for John Tchicai as a great saxophonist and flutist. Unfortunately, few heard it! Unfortunate, as the performances are full of sinuous repetitions, memorable melodies that emerge and recede, and trance-like riffs. It contains an Indian-inflected flute piece reminiscent of Don Cherry, and a terrific duo with Albert Mangelsdorff. Throughout, Tchicai erases the line between composition and improv – in real time.
A split LP, one side each for cellist Tristan Honsinger and bassist Maarten van Regteren Altena, in live performance (duh). Side A features Honsinger at his most unfettered and unpredictable, unleashing startlingly fluid cello lines alongside whoops and hollers. Side B showcases Altena’s more percussive, jabbing, and patient approach — though he’s not above a cheeky duet with a metronome!
Dubbed one of the world’s finest guitarists by numerous critics, James Emery remains unknown to many listeners. The solo Exo Eso is one of his absolute masterpieces and a perfect place to make his acquaintance. Imagine Derek Bailey with more of a through line and you’re halfway there. Emery draws on a deep arsenal of sounds — sparse scrawls intercut with startling flourishes; fluid torrents of notes played with abandon; moments of delicate hushed beauty. Exo Eso is never predictable and never stints on pleasure.