Raymond MacDonald International Big Band - Buddy
Featuring the some of the most respected musicians on the
Japanese improvised music scene (Satoko Fujii, Michio Yagi, Tatsuya
Yoshida ect etc ) alongside Australian innovator Alistair Spence and
Necks bassist Lloyd Swanton plus Jim O'Rourke and English Tuba player
Gideon Jukes this album takes MacDonald's approach to new levels.
Conventionally notated pieces where musicians get the option to play was
is written or play anything they want sit alongside conducted
improvisations, text based pieces, free improvisations and a pieces
devised by the great American trombonist George Lewis for the Glasgow
All players let their individuals voices shine
while MacDonald personality can be heard in the overarching themes,
melodies, and structures. The CD explores the boundaries and ambiguities
between what is conventionally seen as improvisation and composition
and moves effortlessly from delicate intricate textures to exuberant,
joyous free jazz full of passion and intensity. passionate,
spontaneous and breathtakingly beautiful.
Described by The Wire as “a
completely distinctive voice” Raymond MacDonald is increasingly
active on the international stage and is a key player within a
resurgent Scottish improvised music scene.