Blue Meat, Black Diesel & Engine Room Favourites - 43CD

by Martin Archer & ERFaves

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Of The Above 24:45


PLEASE NOTE - physical copies of this title are currently out of stock, but the music remains available in download format only.

"A demonstration of creative strength? A new direction? A little bit of all of that, and Archer pulls it all off brilliantly." - FRANCOIS COUTURE, MONSIUER DELIRE

Engine Room Favourites was formed in 2012 by Martin Archer, initially for a one off performance, and following that as a recording unit and permanent configuration.
The concept of the group is to write music structured primarily around the four drummers / percussionists, and to orchestrate this with material from the other players giving them a great deal of freedom to re-invent and re-interpret their scored material with each new performance.

The format harks back to Archer's earliest experience in creative music, as a follower of the AACM school of music pioneered by Art Ensemble of Chicago, Leo Smith, and Anthony Braxton. This is a style which has never been really followed up by European musicians, nevertheless it remains the model for Archer's contributions to jazz based music. Archer has said "the appeal of this style to me is that it remains considered, spacious and open, without sacrificing any of the improvisational heat and energy which places its exponent players firmly in the avantgarde tradition".

Engine Room Favourites are not postmodernists, not retro stylists, but instead keep their eyes and ears firmly on a forward path jazz might have taken in the next period, but never quite did


released February 1, 2013

Martin Archer - sopranino, alto & baritone saxophones, bass clarinet
Laura Cole - piano
Corey Mwamba - vibraphone
Graham Clark - violin
Seth Bennett - bass
James Archer - bass clarinet
Kim Macari - trumpet
Lee Hallam - trombone
Peter Fairclough - percussion
Walt Shaw - percussion
Johnny Hunter - percussion
Steve Dinsdale - percussion


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Discus Music was founded in 1994 by Martin Archer. The label releases leftfield rock music, free jazz, extended songform, electronics, improvised music, and other sounds which defy categorisation.

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