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THE RECEDENTS; Wishing you were here (5 CD BOX and book)
This legendary trio - Mike Cooper, Lol Coxhill and Roger Turner - played its way through 28 years of concerts, just a few in most years, but a presence not forgotten - in part because of its willingness to tread paths uncongenial to many improvisers, in particular those theatrical, referential and genre-inflected. Lol, a colossus and a man who heeded no convention, augments his soprano with acting, mumbling and singing, as well as on occasion pre-recorded tapes and a crackle-box, Mike Cooper, a man of many and varied parts, adds radios, cassettes and electronic processing to his electric lap steel and acoustic national guitars and the always pertinent Roger Turner hits a wide variety of things, occasionally adding electronics. The music is all taken from live performances – in 1985, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2008 (four whole concerts and two halves) – and is enigmatic, exploratory, extremely varied and mixes quotes musical and quotes unmusical materials in quietly insouciant way. And a lot of it is quite quiet and there rather than driven, giving it a unique non-generic character. It’s interesting too to hear the changes over time; and the recording quality is always good. CD 5 is a real gem. Nicely designed booklet with documents, posters, photographs, technical riders and notes from the two surviving members, and others. In the current climate releasing such a document is brave and principled, so if you can afford it, add it to your library; it’s a precious document of a unique sensibility that says much about its time – and ours. And it memorialises real musicians at work. 5CDs in a box.