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Lytton, Paul / Erhard Hirt: Borne on a Whim: Duets, 1981 (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

The first release from Corbett vs. Dempsey drawing on the Paul Lytton Archives, this recording of electronic & acoustic improvisation from UK percussionist Paul Lytton and German guitarist Erhard Hirt was recorded in Belgium in 1981 for the German Po Torch label, founded in 1976 by Paul Lovens & Paul Lytton to release forward-looking forms of free improvisation.
 

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Paul Lytton-percussion, live electronics

Erhard Hirt-electric guitars, dobro


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UPC: 759624575530

Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
Catalog ID: CVSD 100CD
Squidco Product Code: 33751

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at PLo/PLy, in Plombieres, Belgium, on April 17th and 18th, 1981.

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"In 1981, British percussionist Paul Lytton and German guitarist Erhard Hirt met and recorded for a couple of days in Belgium. This explosive, ahead-of-its-time first encounter, which had been planned as a release on the legendary Po Torch label, has remained dormant for over four decades.

In that period, Lytton and Hirt teamed up often, joining forces with saxophonist/clarinetist Wolfgang Fuchs and bassist Hans Schneider as the quartet X-Pact, a group that has recently reformed -- several years after the untimely death of Fuchs -- with Stefan Keune in the saxophone chair. Lytton and Hirt were key participants in the Aachen (Germany) improvised music scene, also key members of King Ubu Orchestru, one of the most radical improvising large ensembles.

Lytton's legacy hearkens back to his time in the London jazz scene of the late 1960s, where he played with a who's who of heavies, and he's perhaps best known for his long-standing collaboration with saxophonist Evan Parker, in duet settings and their collective trio with bassist Barry Guy. He is one of the great innovators of European improvised music, both as a percussionist and with his unique electronics rig.

Hirt's super-resourceful guitar work -- here both on electric guitar (with active whammy bar) and acoustic dobro -- deserves to be more widely heard. Along with his own solo music, which started with a killer record called Zwischen den Pausen on Uhlklang in 1983, he's worked intensively with musicians such as Axel Dorner, Phil Minton, Thomas Lehn, Phil Wachsmann, and John Butcher.

For its debut voyage, Borne on a Whim was lovingly transferred (for the first time) from the original reels by Ken Christianson, preserving every crispy, crackling noise. The cover features a stencil used to make a poster for them back in the period that Lytton and Hirt first began their work together. Borne on a Whim is the first release drawn from the Paul Lytton Archives at Corbett vs. Dempsey."-Corbett vs. Dempsey.



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"Paul Lytton (born 8 March 1947, London) is an English free jazz percussionist.

Lytton began on drums at age 16. He played jazz in London in the late 1960s while taking lessons on the tabla from P.R. Desai. In 1969 he began experimenting with free improvisational music, working in a duo with saxophonist Evan Parker. After adding bassist Barry Guy, the ensemble became the Evan Parker Trio. He and Parker continued to work together into the 2000s; more recent releases include trio releases with Marilyn Crispell in 1996 (Natives and Aliens) and 1999 (After Appleby).

A founding member of the London Musicians Collective, Lytton worked extensively on the London free improvisation scene in the 1970s, and aided Paul Lovens in the foundation of the Aachen Musicians' Cooperative in 1976.

Lytton has toured North America and Japan both solo and with improvisational ensembles. In 1999, he toured with Ken Vandermark and Kent Kessler, and recorded with Vandermark on English Suites. Lytton also collaborated with Jeffrey Morgan (alto & tenor saxophone), with whom he recorded the CD "Terra Incognita" Live in Cologne, Germany.

He played also on White Noise's pioneer electronic pop music album An Electric Storm in 1969."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Lytton)
7/10/2024

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"Erhard Hirt (born October 31, 1951 in Bonn ) is a German jazz and improvisation musician ( guitar, electronics).

Hirt initially played self-taught blues before working with jazz-oriented rock bands from 1970. From 1974 he played in the experimental group "Jazz community," but in addition also with blues bands like the "Delta Blues Band" or "Matt Walsh blues band" before he founded his own improvisation ensemble in 1979, with whom he on the 1981 Moers Festival occurred. He then played with Wolfgang Fuchs, Hans Schneider and Paul Lytton in the group XPACT, which recorded the album "Frogman's View" in 1984, but also in a trio with Schneider and Radu Malfatti. In addition to Fuchs, Malfatti and Lytton, he was involved in founding the European "King Übü Orchestrü" in the mid-1980s. He appeared in a trio with Phil Minton and Willi Kellers, and in a duo with Lol Coxhill. In 1990 he formed a duo with Dietmar Diesner, in 1992 he was a member of the Humannoise Ensemble, along with Helmut Bieler-Wendt, Maud Sauer and Uwe Oberg. He continued to work with Anne LeBaron, Phil Wachsmann and Alfred Zimmerlin, with Minton and John Butcher (CD 1996) and with the multi-instrumentalist Martin Klapperand with the Swiss vocalist Dorothea Schürch. But since 1977 he has also performed solo projects, presented solo albums and toured the United States with them. He has also performed with other guitarists such as Derek Bailey, Hans Reichel, Joe Sachse, Uwe Kropinski, Eugene Chadbourne, Jean-Marc Montera and Stephan Wittwer. In the guitar quartet Extended Guitars he meets Keith Rowe, Hans Tammen and Nick Didkovsky. Since 1997 he has been part of the Ensemble Realtime, in which improvisers from North Rhine-Westphalia such as Mark Charig,Gunda Gottschalk, Ute Völker, Melvyn Poore, Stefan Keune and Thomas Lehn work together. He recorded the album "Trinidad" (1999) with Lehn and Martin Theurer.

In 1984 Hirt received the WDR's "Town Music Prize". According to the journal "Guitar Techniques", he is "one of the most original and fascinating experimental solo guitarists at the moment..." "

-Wikipedia (Translated by Google) (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erhard_Hirt)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Deder 3:00

2. Clip 11:18

3. Don't Wait Too Long! 5:33

4. 175 5:16

5. Passing 8:40

6. Little Fence 2:45

7. The Sensitive Stickler 27:27

8. Orbod 6:33

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