Free Beat: Northern Lights (feat Elton Dean & Jon Wilkinson) //

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Release date: 
05/11/2005
Recording date: 
Friday, January 1, 2016
  • 1. Sideway Dreams (08:55)
  • 2. Ghost (07:02)
  • 3. Pelham Parkway (07:18)
  • 4. Red Man (07:02)
  • 5. Northern Lights (08:20)
  • 6. El Che (09:52)

Tony Bianco - Drums, Piano, Synthesizer (Bass Synthesizer)
Jon Wilkinson - Guitar
Saxophone – Elton Dean

The concept of Freebeat came through Tony Bianco’s realisation that time signature is another way of phrasing. “In Freebeat you will feel the pulse, it kind of feels like 4/4, but when you try to count you’ll find that you can’t count anything into it. It’s a combination of beats and phrasing, more like the way speaking occurs. Three of these pieces freature my bass parts looped (sometimes up to a hundred bars), then I play the drums to the bass track, afterwards adding keyboard chords, then Elton and Jon add their parts where I was able to open up the pieces into more of a free zone, while still feeling the pulse.. All tracks were first takes by all on board. The great work that both Elton Dean and Jon Wilkinson contributed is obvious. Straight and Free. Chaos and Order. Liberty and Responsibility combining for Freebeat.” Tony Bianco