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Live at Cafe Oto

by Lean Left

Koevoet 30:40
Drevel 37:06


The Ex guitars meet Nilssen-Love/Vandermark Duo.

Lean Left throws together two explosive duos - the sax/drums collision course of Ken Vandermark and Paal Nilsson-Love with the piledriving guitarists from The Ex - to make up a positively apocalyptic quartet: an elemental musical force featuring Grade A international players zoning in and scrambling together rock, jazz, noise and blistering free improv into a highly-charged onstage assault, each member taking their sounds and bodies to the edge and often snapping out of the wilds and into glorious passages of regular rhythm. Recorded live at Café Oto, London in 2011.

The music of Lean Left is extrovert, energetic, powerful and inclusive but also confrontational and provocative: where rhythm, noise, melody and harmony melt together in perfect union. In two tracks “Live at Café Oto” captures one moment of high powered, highly varied improvisation. Pretty much the dream ticket for those who like their live music raw, hard and violently soulful.

Unsounds, 32U, 2012


released January 1, 2012

Terrie Ex - left guitar
Paal Nilssen-Love - drums
Andy Moor - right guitar
Ken Vandermark - tenor saxophone / B clarinet

Recorded live in concert on September 11th and 12th 2011 at Cafe Oto, London, by John Chantler and Jonathan McHugh. Mixed by Colin McLean and Andy Moor. Mastered by Colin McLean. Sleeve notes by Stewart Lee. Image and design Isabelle Vigier (portrait based on photos by Andy Moor and Malgorzata Haduch). All music by Andrew Moor (prs), Terrie Ex (buma), Ken Vandermark (ascap), Paal Nilssen-Love (tono). Special thanks to Hamish Dunbar, Christoph Merk, John Chantler and the staff at Cafe Oto.


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Unsounds Label Amsterdam, Netherlands

Music label for contemporary composition, experimental, improvisation, sound art. Unsounds was founded in 2001 by guitarist Andy Moor (The Ex), composer/sound artist Yannis Kyriakides, and designer/visual artist Isabelle Vigier.

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