Gigs, dance, art

February 26th, 2010: Frédéric Blondy – John Butcher – Peter Evans – Paul Lovens – Clayton Thomas

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It was nice seeing so many people in attendance for a change. I had seen all of these musicians before, but never together. It worked pretty well, though I tend to think they didn’t stray that far from their respective comfort zone. Paul Lovens and Clayton Thomas seemed to feed off each other very nicely though. Frédéric Blondy was often drowned out, the good side to that is that they all played loud. All too often these free improvisation musicians use the same approaches, avoiding anything that might sound like the way their instruments usually sound. None of that here, and John Butcher even went with a few melodic phrases — overall he was probably the most wide-ranging of the five. I felt Peter Evans was quite different from the others, but he had a knack for making his music mesh with the others anyway.

I liked the way they would pick what one was doing and build on that or take it in another direction. Lovens seemed to be more of a driving force early on, but it balanced out as the set progressed. It was a nice set, but I still think it didn’t break much ground. They’re all good, it was indeed nice to hear them go at it this way, but there wasn’t any moment that stopped me cold. Good set, a little short of great — but I think it could easily have been.


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