Reviews of Exchange -
Free Jazz Blog -
Link to original review here (This includes a great review of Phil Gibbs solo album Infinite Spirit Perfect Now)
If Infinite Spirit Perfect Now showcases Gibbs’ solo playing then Exchange clearly demonstrates his contributions as a highly experienced musician within an improvising collective, which he has done so effectively for many years. Gibbs’ style of playing is very empathetic with others playing and his own contributions tend to blend in so well with the overall sound environment that often his highly rhythmic patterns and complex percussive textures tend not to sound like a guitar at all. The group on Exchange consists of Mark Langford (bass clarinet & tenor sax), Roger Skerman (drums), Paul Anstey (bass), Hugh Kirkbride (bass) and Gibbs (electric guitar). It is a similar line-
There are eight tracks on the album, each with a suggestive title such as ‘Scuttle’, ‘Fizzle’ or ‘Stream’. I’m not sure whether these titles were applied afterwards or if they were given before the improvisations for semi-
Overall the playing on this album is a careful balance of equality between the sounds and the musicians intent, a true collective, with individual instruments coming to the fore on occasion or by circumstance such as when certain others aren’t playing.
Philip Gibbs seems to have been quite prolific over the years with performances such as these within improvisational collectives, and it is also satisfying to hear his solo work with the craft and creativity that his singular vision brings to this.
(This is a fairly literal transalation from the original German! Site is Bad Alchemy review BA 93)
Meanwhile also known as The Exchange Band. By another throw of the dice, bass clarinetist & tenor saxophonist Mark Langford, guitarist Phil Gibbs, drummer Roger Skerman and the double bassists Paul Anstey & Hugh Kirkbride, could result in New Wizard Trio or the Ghost + Flowers 7tet. In short, it is the Bristol improvisation scene, the interrelated exchange of experience and best performance. Langford, along with Will Menter, was involved with the Bristol Musicians Coop in the late 1970s. With "Fringe Music" (FTR 001, 2014) he refreshed the taste of freedom in old friendship. In Anstey, we have another veteran who has been part of the Next Generation of the Brit improv community (influenced by John Stevens & Co.) since the early 80's, with Spirit Level and Thinko Jazz with Langford and -
PHILIP GIBBS / MARK LANGFORD / ROGER SKERMAN / PAUL ANSTEY / HUGH KIRKBRIDGE -
Although UK guitarist Philip Gibbs, has appeared on some three dozen discs with his longtime collaborator Paul Dunmall, Mr. Gibbs is still under-
I don’t know any of the other players on this disc, although Paul Anstey does appear on a quartet disc that Mr. Gibbs sent us a couple of years ago, which is on the same label as this one. The first thing I noticed non this disc was that saxist Mark Langford has one of those laid-