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On an occasional basis for over a decade, Lauren Newton and Joëlle Léandre have teamed up for free improvisations. This live set has the adventurous yet warm wordless vocals of Newton interacting closely with Léandre's bass and sometimes her voice too. The nine improvisations have their scary and violent moments but in general are more accessible and witty than expected. Newton has a very flexible voice and Léandre has the ability on bass to echo her ideas when she is not challenging her. The results are quite stimulating.


Born: 12 September 1951 in Aix-en-Provence, France

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Contrebassist and improviser Joëlle Léandre counts John Cage among her close mentors and has remained under-acknowledged for the amount -- and quality -- of her work since she began recording in 1981. Léandre has performed and recorded with many of the best, and most interesting, musicians in improvised music, including German bassist Peter Kowald, American reedsman and composer Anthony Braxton, Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer, Australian violinist Jon Rose, vocalist Lauren Newton, and British guitarist...
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