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I talked with [ECM head] Manfred Eicher about a possible vibraphone player for the session and Ches Smith’s name came up.It struck me as a good idea since I knew that Ches had formed a new trio with Mat and Craig Taborn.

In essentially monophonic musical cultures, whether Western or non-Western, improvisation has been of paramount importance, if only because successful improvisation is always more readily achieved by soloists than by groups.So inside the Williamson line-up there were two proven associations, Robin/Mat and Ches/Mat.With this as a basis we could confidently get to work.” Where some voices crack and smolder with age, Williamson’s is like a fine sword: it only gets stronger the more it’s folded in its malleable state.Improvisation, also called Extemporization, in music, the extemporaneous composition or free performance of a musical passage, usually in a manner conforming to certain stylistic norms but unfettered by the prescriptive features of a specific musical text.Music originated as improvisation and is still extensively improvised in Eastern traditions and in the modern Western tradition of jazz.

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