Roger Turner ‘The Blur Between’


01 In (12:36)
02 E (7:54)
03 All over (5:40)
04 Further inn (9:20)
05 Going fast (3:32)
06 Almost finito (6:15)
07 Finito (or loose as a prune) (6:18)

Roger Turner: pedal drum, cymbal

Total time  51:30
LP released by CAW Records, UK, 1981

There were apparently no more than 2 releases on Roger Turner and Anthony Wood’s CAW Records, established 1979 in Kent, England. The first was Turner’s trio with trumpet player Toshinori Kondo and guitarist John Russell, titled Artless Sky, 1979 ; and the second was the present solo LP, released 1981. Starting 1982, Turner formed a new trio with Lol Coxhill and Mike Cooper, called The Recedents, with several LPs on French Nato Records. For more info on Turner, see the All Music Guide notice written by Eugene Chadbourne. On ‘The Blur Between’, Turner focuses on a modest equipment, a pedal drum (a tom with a pedal to alter pitch) and a cymbal. Even more perversely, he also reduces his playing technique to a few gestures, one per track on average, be it rubbing the drum with a brush or bowing the cymbal with a stick. On the 2nd track, for instance, Turner raises eerie sonorities from the cymbal by relentlessly rubbing it with a stick for 8 minutes, thus revealing rarely heard harmonics from the instrument. Any show-off pyrotechnics have been excluded from these performances, to focus on timbre exploration and unconventional pitch.
The ee cummings of drums or something? Great sounding LP and mp3s.



5 Responses to “Roger Turner ‘The Blur Between’”

  1. 1 Lucky December 9, 2009 at 9:43 am

    merci bonjour ;o)

  2. 2 sergio December 9, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    always an innovative performer, and great musician. many thanks for sharing this early gem of his. ciao.

  3. 3 continuo December 9, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    You’re welcome, Sergio.

  4. 4 Deocliciano Okssipin Vieira December 11, 2009 at 2:23 am

    Thank you very much, awesome musician and improviser.

  5. 5 continuo December 11, 2009 at 7:51 am

    His technique was impressive on stage when I saw him perform a few years ago. But this disc is something special.

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