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    This set was recorded for the fantastic Schmazz nights in Newcastle, at the Cluny. All of the songs are totally improvised; they don't really have names.

    Some nice comments from the Bebop Spoken Here site:

    "Corey Mwamba is, apparently, a self-taught vibes player. Having witnessed his playing it is hard to believe that he could play as he did - that of a virtuoso. Mwamba was joined for this, his first performance on Tyneside, by bassist Dave Kane and drummer Joshua Blackmore - both well known to north-east audiences. This set had an acoustic feel - on occasion Blackmore used brushes and hurried things along with some double-time passages. Kane bowed (and scraped!), then slapped, then from time to time took a line for a walk. Mwamba played with two, then four, then six mallets - impressive stuff, lyrical and swinging."

    "Corey Mwamba on, now let me get this right, vibraphone dulcimer electronics. How does he do it? When the head of his stick flies off over his head onto the stage doing a triple back twist and full bodied somersault you know either this guy is playing at full throttle or his sticks are genuinely having a ball and dancing on air at the thrill of it all. I've now seen such an instrument twice this year, which to me, I hope, signifies a new trend in this not oft seen stage art. A name to watch out for. Bands take notice and have this artist in your band.

    "Dave Kane truly inspires us with his technique and emotive instrumental language. Quite beautiful to watch. Joyously communicating with Corey's sweet chimes with passion, and boyishly flirtatious at times, charm. He makes his bass speak ten kinds of languages in 20 different dialects and 100 kinds of emotions. That thing talks!

    "Joshua Blackmore intelligently listening as much as providing a rich backing just providing the right sense of rhythmic tension. A genuinely talented artist I've come to admire in various bands. Every beat to this young chap means something, and he won't hit a beat if it isn't saying something. There's a point to every stroke and lick on the skins (you know what I mean).

    "Come back again but do a longer set, please."
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Corey Mwamba | Dave Kane | Joshua Blackmore only record live performances. Buying an album enables us to travel to perform, and record those performances. Many thanks to those who support our music.


released June 29, 2010




yana UK

Corey Mwamba, Dave Kane and Joshua Blackmore improvise collectively to create an open, living music.

The music is a free-wheeling, spontaneous mixture of styles.

How it all works is not always clear; but the process is always fascinating to hear, and the results can be truly moving.
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