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Ithaca by Barry Guy / Marilyn Crispell / Paul Lytton

Those wondering when pianist Marilyn Crispell, after her last few lyrical releases on ECM, was going to get back to some seriously explosive keys-bashing need wonder no longer: Ithaca is here, under the leadership of the UK's free-jazz bass giant Barry Guy, and perceptive, subtle UK free drummer Paul Lytton makes the magic number '3.' This music has echoes of Cecil Taylor at his most percussive and late-period John Coltrane at his most 'out,' but there's also a sense of spacious, geometric, hushed lyricism, which is, alas, a tad distant and chilly for this reviewer. But make no mistake, Ms. Marilyn C REALLY kicks out the jams on this disc, as in volcanic! Those of you/you-all/youse, however, who are seriously into the European avant-garde jazz/improvised music sphere -- especially fans of Crispell's early recordings and her recordings with Anthony Braxton -- will compete for tickets to Ithaca.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Barry Guy / Marilyn Crispell / Paul Lytton
  • CD Title: Ithaca
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Intakt
  • Tracks: Fire And Ice; Void (for Doris); Zinc; eight others.
  • Musicians: Guy: acoustic bass; M.C.: piano; P.L.: percussion. Recorded in Zurich, Switzerland in Jan. 2003. Includes liner notes by Guy & Graham L. Rogers.
  • Rating: Two Stars
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