Tony Oxley Project 1 //

Album label: 
Release date: 
25/09/2000
Recording location: 
Blå, Oslo, Norway
Recording date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2002
Mastering technician: 
Thomas Hukkelberg
Mixing technician: 
Thomas Hukkelberg
Recording technician: 
Thomas Hukkelberg
  • 1. First Scan (16:09)
  • 2. Second Scan (16:13)
  • 3. Third Scan (12:07)
  • 4. Fourth Scan (03:42)

This is the first release on the SOFA label. Featuring none other than the English drummer Tony Oxley, one of the fathers of European improvised music. In the company of Norwegian musicians Ivar Grydeland on electric guitar and Tonny Kluften on bass, Oxley delivers, as always, dynamic, future-oriented music. This album bears witness to his pleasure in the interplay with younger Norwegian musicians. The result is improvised music at the highest level of European accomplishment.

Liner notes
The preparation for this project started March 2000 at Kongsberg Jazzfestivals preliminary meeting. It was obvious that a Scan-UK project would be important and interesting to pursue. This first project for a new company is in fact a Norwegian-British collaboration plus two short pre-recorded tapes from myself.

Improvisation is one of the purest forms of self expression. It has its risks but also its rewards. The music on this CD, I feel, welcomes the obvious freedoms and responsibilities.

The Triangular Screen is a document from two very different European cultures. Welcome!

Tony Oxley, August 2000

Review

Hi Fi News
The drummer who pioneered the absent beat of Free Improvisation, where the timbral weight of each percussive blow matters as much as its place in the metric scheme, played in Oslo in Spring 2000 with two young acolytes: guitarist Ivar Grydeland and bassist Tonny Kluften. The first track was recorded at the Kongsberg Jazz festival. It raises the anxiety that Grydeland will simply emulate the style of Oxley´s first significant guitarist, Derek Bailey. Subsequent tracks blow away that fear, as Oxley augments his drums with pre-recorded tape and the trio conjure fantastic sound sculpture which defy aural distinction between the players. - Ben Watson