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'Night Sessions'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Night Sessions'

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'Night Sessions'

Improvisations on medieval poetry, plus Attaingnant Prelude Bernartde Ventadorn First Triage Dalza Recercar Solage Fumeux fume The Dowland Project

ECM New Series (F) 476 5968 (72' * DDD)

The Dowland Project's spontaneous nocturnal session

The Dowland Project, the experimental ensemble which re-examines the performing and improvising processes inherent in early music, left Dowland behind a long time ago, with their first CD (11/99). Since then they have explored 17th-century Italian and English territory in 'Care-charming sleep' (2/04) and medieval song in 'Romaria' (3/08). This new release combines unused material from those last two discs (mostly the former), and the results are perhaps less focused, though certainly no less entrancing. It also has the benefit of bringing together two different lineups, creating as it were a bigger band: tenor John Potter, saxophonist John Surman and lutenist Stephen Stubbs (present on both discs), with Baroque violinist Maya Homburger and double-bassist Barry Guy from the first and fiddler Milos Valent from the second.

The title comes from the tracks laid down as a spontaneous addendum to the 'Care-charming sleep' sessions, deep into the night after the album's completion had been celebrated in duly convivial fashion. …

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