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FRODE GJERSTAD/JOHN STEVENS
LETS JUST KEEP GOING [FMRCD162-I0405]

Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad recorded this wonderful, spirited meeting with his friend, the late, great John Stevens in 1994 and it is finally seeing a release on FMR. John and I did a few duos over the years and this is the last one we did. It was a warm up for a concert we were going to play with Kent Carter on May 2nd (which was released on Cadence as 'Last Detail'), I had just got my ADAT and this was the first recording I made on the machine. Listening back to the tape now, brings back a lot of memories. In between the tracks there is a bit of talking and joking. As we drove to the airport we talked a bit about future projects and he commented about what we had just done over the last few days, It's good what we've done, let's just keep going. In retrospect, those words get another meaning late-on Frode Gjerstad


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Paul Lytton, John Stevens, Frank Perry, Eddie Prevost, Trevor Taylor:
Improvising Percussionist (FMR CD81) [FMRCD81]

This new CD represents a snapshot of the UK improvised percussion scene back in the early seventies. Never released before and recorded to a very high quality at Pye Studios in London the CD includes the only ever recorded documentary of the solo recording by the legendary John Stevens, along with some fascinating solo playing by players who have now become a by-word for percussion and improvisation in the UK. On listening time after time to these tapes I know I have done the right thing releasing them, they sound terrific and defy their nearly 30 year enforced hibernation, and now nothing can give me the same buzz to see them finally see the light of day!! (Trevor Taylor)


Mike Osborne (saxophone), Paul Rogers (bass) John Stevens (drums)
LIVE AT THE PLOUGH '79 [FMRCD215-1106]

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Recorded at the legendary Plough (Stockwell, London) in 1979, this long lost live performance is proudly released by FMR. Not unlike The Red Rose in Finsbury Park today, The Plough filled a function from the mid-70’s to the mid-80’s performing improvised music on a weekly basis. Curated by John Stevens, the gigs would feature the likes of Elton Dean, Lol Coxhill, Evan Parker, Larry Stabbins, Trevor Watts, Nick Evans, Marc Charig, Paul Rutherford, Mike Osborne, Dudu Pukwana, Paul Rogers as well as Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald. One evening, the 30th March 1979, Mike Osborne at the height of his powers, a very young Paul Rogers playing most impressive and John Stevens filled the stage. They played some standards and some originals sharing an incredible interplay between them. Although a little rough around the edges, this recording is an incredible document of a truly creative time in British music.


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Paul Dunmall (saxophones), Nik Stevens (double Bass) Phil Gibbs (guitar), Trevor Taylor (electronic perc)
ATMOSPHERES WITHOUT OXYGEN 3 LIVE IN CHATHAM [FMRCD290-0410]

Recorded late last year live at Chatham's basement Jazz Club this concert was promoted by Colin Erswells 'Brutally Honest' organisation dedicated to presenting exciting cutting edge new music Small though the club is the audience is always knowledgeable and you can hear a pin drop, very much appreciated by these serious musicians whose dynamic range can take them from that pin dropping to a thunderstorm in seconds! Such is the variety and creativity of these four musicians who need no introduction here as four of the most talented and exciting in British free music. Saxophone, electric guitar, doubel bass and electronic percussion blend perfectly in this one long set, and their third CD in this lineup


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Paul Dunmall, Phil Gibbs, Nik Stevens, Trevor Taylor
ATMOSPHERES WITHOUT OXYGEN 4 LIVE IN OXFORD [FMRCD295-0810]

Live recording from Oxford Improv Club in 2010 opposite Red Square With Paul Dunmall saxophones, Phil Gibbs electric guitar and electronics, Nik Stevens double bass and Trevor Taylor electronic percussion


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TREVOR WATT DEREK BAILEY JOHN STEVENS
Dynamics of the Impromtu [FMRCD360]

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