Paperstone Suite //

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ecorded 14 Nov 2013 Paperstone Studios, Nottingham
Recording date: 
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Mastering engineer: 
Sam Brown
Recording engineer: 
Huw Jones
  • 1. I - Satori (Awakening) (06:26)
  • 2. II - Zanshin (Awareness) (11:00)
  • 3. III - Shintai (Movement) (07:39)
  • 4. IV - JInsei No Rizmu (Rhythm Of Life) (08:06)
  • 5. V - Furukawa (Old River) (10:14)
  • 6. VI - Yume (Dreams) (06:26)
  • 7. VII - Kowareta Dansu (Broken Dance) (15:49)

Ntshuks Bonga- alto saxophone, Soprano saxophone
Andy Champion - bass
Corey Mwamba - vibes, percussion

The music for this CD was recorded in one day at Paterstone Studios, Nottingham. The trio performed a series of improvisations that make up the Paperstone Suite.

"Hitting the ground running, the trio worked through an edgy feeling introduction with brief solos to establish themselves and to each stake their claim. Then a brief introduction to a piece with a more in-your-face exploration of improvisation and the sonics which emerge from all available sources. Andy providing deep bass sounds with interjections/sonic outbursts from Ntshuks and Corey - the interplay was always evident. Some quiet and reflective sections, then further outbursts – Ntshuks exploding on sax, Corey on fire attacking the vibes with mallets, then fingers, then fists, then swiftly wafting the air above the vibes to excite the sound. Andy also on fire as strings were manually plucked, then percussively hit with a mallet (from Corey’s kit?) giving way to a section of rhythmic drumming on the bass woodwork. All coherently executed by the trio to an enthralled audience in an atmosphere where you could hear a pin drop.

Set 2 was straight in with a frantically percussive start focussing on a Bass – Vibes interplay. Then more exploration from Andy of the instrument’s bass sounds including an extended bowed section, with Corey running along the blocks of the vibes with fingers and mallets and fists. Ntshuks adding to the mix with his own percussive sounds from the sax. All in all a very contemplative section, slowly giving way to a rhythmic section long enough to establish a recognisable groove."
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