Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra - Improcherto (for HB) (3 stars)

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra - Improcherto (for HB)

GIO, Evan Parker and Lol Coxhill pay tribute to trumpeter Harry Beckett

The latest in Iorram’s strictly limited edition series of albums dedicated to the Glasgow free improvisation scene features the excellent GIO with two of the leading names in European improv, saxophonists Evan Parker and Lol Coxhill. They perform GIO guitarist George Burt’s Improcherto (for HB), a dedication to trumpeter Harry Beckett, recorded live at The Sage in Gateshead. A fine documentation of both the occasion and this generally absorbing piece, which combines elements of free improvisation with ensemble organisation, often triggered by hand gestures and Post-it notes, something GIO have made a bit of a speciality.

(Iorram Records)

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