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Shards and Constellations (Hi​-​Res 24bit 96khz)


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👽🍹 Compositionally these pieces are somewhere between capriccios and tocattas, distilled into duets with experimental flourish. Virtuosic without being pretentious, these are some of the most engaging avant-garde works I've listened to. For fans of: Ligeti, Liszt, and Schoenberg.
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Intakt CD 344

Shards and Constellations presents duets with two remarkable musicians Tomeka Reid and Alexander Hawkins. Both have become creative epicenters in the jazz and improvisation scene in recent years with their original, versatile and innovative art. Reid has recorded extensively with many legendary artists from the AACM such as Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell as well as the next generation of AACM artists including Nicole Mitchell, Dee Alexander and Mike Reed.
Hawkins is a composer and pianist from the London jazz scene and is regarded in the UK as one of the most innovative musicians of the younger generation with a surprising radius of action. His work attempts to reconcile both his love of free improvisation and his infatuation with composition and structure.
Five of the compositions are collectively conceived with intricate textures and interplay. Two of the pieces feature works by two masters from the first generation of the AACM – Muhal Richard Abrams and Leroy Jenkins. "Shards and Constellations is asingular achievement exploring a broad spectrum of musical avenues from the lyrical to the pointillistic, from the angular to the serene. This adventurous music deserves to be heard," writes Anthony Davis in the liner notes.



released April 17, 2020

Tomeka Reid: Cello
Alexander Hawkins: Piano

All music by Tomeka Reid and Alexander Hawkins, except track 5 (Muhal RichardAbrams) and track 9 (Leroy Jenkins). Recorded 13th April 2019 by Will Biggs at Challow Park Studios, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Mixed 29th July 2019 byAlex Bonney. Mastered October 2019 by Alex Bonney. Cover art: Daniel Marcellus Givens. Graphic design: Paul Bieri. Liner notes: Anthony Davis. Photos: Palma Fiacco, Onur Pinar. Produced by Alexander Hawkins, Tomeka Reid and Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt, Anja Illmaier,Florian Keller. Published by Intakt Records.


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