LOL COXHILL & FRED FRITH French Gigs
George Lowen Coxhill, generally known as Lol Coxhill, was an English free improvising saxophonist and raconteur. He played the soprano or sopranino saxophone. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was a member of Canterbury scene bands Carol Grimes and Delivery and then Kevin Ayers and the Whole World. He became known for his solo playing and for work in duets with pianist Steve Miller and guitarist G. F. Fitzgerald. Coxhill collaborated with other musicians including Mike Oldfield, Morgan Fisher, Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath and its musical descendant The Dedication Orchestra, Django Bates, The Damned, Derek Bailey and many others. Jeremy Webster "Fred" Frith is an English multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improvisor. Probably best known for his guitar work, Frith first came to attention as one of the founding members of the English avant-rock group Henry Cow. He was also a member of the groups Art Bears, Massacre, and Skeleton Crew. He has collaborated with a number of prominent musicians, including Robert Wyatt, Derek Bailey, The Residents, John Zorn, Brian Eno, Mike Patton, Lars Hollmer, Bill Laswell, Iva Bittová and Jad Fair. The duets between Coxhill and Frith were recorded from the late 70's to the early 90's. They were originally released on AAA in 1983 on LP and on Ayaa Records in France in 1991 on CD. This re-issue was re-mastered by Myles Boison and features previously unreleased music recorded in 1999, the last time Coxhill and Frith performed together. Full tracklist: 1. Reims 2. Limoges 1 3. Poitiers 4. Limoges 2 5. München/London 6. Aubervilliers. Price: € 18,-/copy incl. worldwide shipping.
The track finds Coxhills horn work moving between chatting jitters, onto fired-up wails, though to rapid bays and cascading honks. While Friths guitar shifts and melts through pick rustles, neck fumbles, groove-like tapings, warbling highs and mid-range spacy chimes. Together the pair create a wonderfully vivid and dangerous darting track- Its a damn fine opener!
(Musique Machine, July 2021)