Lori Freedman and Scott Thomson | Plumb

Barnyard Records BR0305 • www.barnyardrecords.com

Avant players Lori Freedman and Scott Thomson converse easily throughout these nine recorded tracks of engaging free improvisation.

Each has a solo track, but otherwise they're playing spacious, structurally aware, highly sensitive duets. Trombonist Thomson frequently senses mood changes and adjusts ("Leak"), while clarinetist Lori Freedman expresses her ideas in well-structured outflows ("The Plummet").

Also, they employ extended (and invented) techniques to project their imaginations through sound — or through mixtures of sound and silence, to be more exact.

While I know it's a cliché, I have to say that Freedman and Thomson 'play so human' in this recording, and their axis of mind, body, and breath, literally breathes in these sonically free and surprising, well-shaped improvisations.

These players freely 'play the music' — and therefore gift us with their sonic imagination, individual experience, and far-reaching intuition.

by David Fujino September 2008

The tracks
Aplomb / Two Depths / Lead / Leak / To Horn
Two Plums / The Plummet / Out Of / Taps

All compositions by Freedman and Thomson
Recorded April 9-11, 2007, in Toronto at The Farm

The musicians
Lori Freedman — Clarinets
Scott Thomson — Trombone
We welcome your comments and feedback
David Fujino
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