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What can you say when you get three yobs like this together who just want to blow the gates off of heaven every time they get together? Is it possible to sit and write a close analysis of every wrapped encounter on the bandstand, analyzing each improvisational encounter and how one of these complete free-for-alls is different from one another? I suppose it is, but why? This trio — with Wilkinson on soprano, alto, and baritone; Simon Fell on bass; and Paul Hession on drums — would be insulted if they weren't bored to tears reading such a thing first. This is extreme music made for extreme ears. That said, in the symbiotic interrelationships that are formed, torn apart, and re-formed among the fissures these tunes create, there is a logic at work, one that relies heavily on the idea that listeners don't really know what harmony, rhythm, and melody are yet, and they are still working toward that idea — albeit in a violent and hilarious way. This is a band who has no trouble making an audience sit up and take notice either on the stand or in their living rooms, and the reason for that is simple: Nothing about this music is compromised or half-baked; it's furious with humor built in, and it's knotty, scaly, confrontational stuff played with warmth and verve. Highly recommended.


Born: 19 September 1956 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

When it comes to British Free Improv drummers, if Paul Hession's name has circulated less than, say Paul Lytton, Tony Levin, or Mark Sanders, it is mostly due to the fact that he worked hard to nurture an avant-garde scene in his hometown of Leeds instead of moving to London. His loquacious, effervescent playing and high listening skills deserve as much attention and recognition as the aforementioned artists. Hession is best known for his participation to George Haslam's Siger Band, the Hession/Wilkinson/Fell...
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