We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

Improvisations For George Riste

by London Improvisers Orchestra

  • Compact Disc (CD)

    2008 CD release, jewel box with 12-page booklet.
    [Shipping prices are for airmail/priority delivery]
    ships out within 2 days

      €14.75 EUR or more 


  • Compact Disc (CD)

    The same as the above, but without the jewel box.
    If you have no need of the somewhat unloved and increasingly old-fashioned jewel box, we will send you the disc and all paper parts from the CD, without the plastic box.
    The price is the same (we don't really need any more empty jewel boxes!), but it should offer you significant savings on shipping, especially if you order several discs and/or are outside Europe.
    ships out within 2 days

      €14.75 EUR or more 




Four free improvisations drawn from the LIO's (formerly) monthly concerts at the Red Rose, collated, presented and contextualised by Evan Parker's psi label.

---------- press quotes ----------

"These recordings persuasively show the subtleties of coloration, shape and intensity that can arise in such free playing.... if the scope of LIO music is circumscribed by collective priorities, its sweep remains impressive in its evident self-regulated coherence and shared purpose." Julian Cowley SIGNAL TO NOISE

"A complex architecture of indefiniteness finds its ultimate realization in the continuous shift from edginess to stillness - and vice versa - that typifies various sections of the pieces, usually taking shape from sparse suggestions and probing hints. The instrumentalists channel their intuition towards the margins of different latent tonalities, instantly pulverized by the inside power of the acoustic creation. The weighty humanity of this music is often in nearly painful evidence, aesthetically improbable mechanics miraculously connected and working yet still frail, almost in danger of being scattered around by the ever-strong winds of an uncongenial conformism. But LIO seems to be willing to resist to that threat." Massimo Ricci TOUCHING EXTREMES

« La cohérence et l'écoute mutuelle au sein de l'ensemble sont saisissantes. C'est le fruit d'un travail de longue haleine et l'expression du fort sentiment communautaire pour ne pas dire fraternel qui unit les improvisateurs londoniens toutes générations et tendances confondues. L'improvisation collective libre serait aussi une forme de composition réalisée en direct et dirigée par chacun des membres de l'orchestre. C'est ce que démontre ce fantastique album du London Improvisers Orchestra. Improvisations For George Riste est leur septième enregistrement et comporte les moment parmi les plus épurés et les plus nuancés de leur catalogue. Bien que les enregistrements de ces improvisations aient étés réalisés avec une installation de campagne, ils sont excellents et bien balancés. On imagine aisément le son de l'orchestre et son ampleur en concert : une des sept merveilles de la planète improvisation. » Jean-Michel van Schouwburg IMPROJAZZ


released October 1, 2008

Roland Ramanan: trumpet, wooden flute
Ian Smith, Harry Beckett: trumpets
Guillermo Torres: flugelhorn
Robert Jarvis: trombone
Neil Metcalfe: flute
Catherine Pluygers: oboe
John Rangecroft: clarinet
Harrison Smith, Jacques Foschia: bass clarinets
Lol Coxhill, Evan Parker, Chefa Alonso: soprano saxophones
Adrian Northover: soprano & alto saxophones
Caroline Kraabel, Simon Rose: alto saxophones
John Butcher: tenor saxophone
Philipp Wachsmann, Sylvia Hallett, Susanna Ferrar: violins
Ivor Kallin: violin, viola
Charlotte Hug: viola
Marcio Mattos, Barbara Meyer: 'celli
David Leahy, Simon H. Fell: double basses
Dave Tucker, John Bisset: electric guitars
B.J. Cole: pedal steel guitar
Steve Beresford: piano
Amy Denio: accordion & voice
Annie Lewandowski: accordion, musical saw
Jackie Walduck: vibraphone
Tony Marsh, Mark Sanders, Javier Carmona: percussion
Orphy Robinson: percussion, electronics
Knut Aufermann, Pat Thomas: electronics
Filomena Campus: voice
Adam Bohman: amplified objects

2003, 2007 (74 mins.) in jewel case
© psi records 2008

full track listing:
1. Improvisations For George Riste 1 [21m17s]
2. Improvisations For George Riste 2 [18m26s]
3. Improvisations For George Riste 3 [11m40s]
4. Improvisations For George Riste 4 [22m03s]


all rights reserved



Bruce's Fingers Saint Dizier Leyrenne, France

Bruce's Fingers is a record label founded in 1983 by bassist, composer & improviser Simon H. Fell.
The label's publications (which also include books and scores) are centred around free / contemporary jazz, improvised music & contemporary / experimental composition.
Initially focussed on Fell's own work, the BF project has since expanded to include many other things besides...
... more


contact / help

Contact Bruce's Fingers

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Report this album or account

Bruce's Fingers recommends:

If you like Improvisations For George Riste, you may also like: