Scrutables //

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Recording location: 
Moat Studios, London, UK
Recording date: 
Friday, March 3, 2000
Peter Stubley
Mixing engineer: 
John Butcher
Recording engineer: 
Toby Robinson
  • 1. almosthenics (05:13)
  • 2. teasing needles (07:34)
  • 3. cosmetic halo (04:01)
  • 4. excrescense (01:37)
  • 5. inkling (05:24)
  • 6. frangible (12:42)
  • 7. plugh (08:10)
  • 8. surprise inspection (03:24)

Derek Bailey - guitar
John Butcher - saxophones
Gino Robair - energised surfaces

"Scrutables, recorded in 2000, is a work of classic British free improvisation, if "classic" can be applied to the kind of sonic mayhem practiced regularly by Butcher, the late guitarist Derek Bailey and percussionist Gino Robair, whose instrument here is described as "energized surfaces".
The interactive mechanics of every genuine improvisation are unique, an incalculable intersection of habit, synapse, randomness, extrasensory perception and listening that ranges from microscopically detailed to non- existent. At any moment it might sound as if each musician is creating his own continuum or as if each is responding to the infinite nuances of the others. Either way, the lines and sounds continuously interact in a scattershot effect that has a line moving from guitar to drum to saxophone and back again." NEW YORK JAZZ CITY RECORD - Stuart Broomer.

Six years since his death, instant composition’s original Zen master has been busy in absence as usual. with a reissue of .......... and this previously unheard late-period gem, scratched out in Stockwell, south London in 2000. The Yorkshire yogi plays electric guitar here, snaking sustained hums over simpatico bustle from saxophonist John Butcher and percussionist Gino Robair. Pan walks abroad. The string-stretching satyr of non-idiomatic improvisation is back. Again.
SUNDAY TIMES - Stewart Lee.