Aqueduct Ensemble - Improvisations On An Apricot
Following on from G.S. Schray’s delightful and singular Gabriel album, London-based Last Resort return to Akron, Ohio’s fertile ground for similarly intuitive, bittersweet jazz and classical-tinted material by neighbors Kit (of Lejsovka & Freund and Trouble Books) and pianist / piano-tuner Stu, with contributions from other locals: Corey, G.S., Matt and Mike.
This music is luscious and introspective, executed with unpretentious musicianship. As joyous as spending time with the nearest and dearest during long, peaceful summer days.
“It’s been a couple years, but I’ve put together a new record, this time with my neighbor Stu and a few other friends. Stu’s been tuning the piano Linda and I were using for our Lejsovka & Freund and Trouble Books recordings, and I’ve always enjoyed the test scales and vignettes he would run through checking his work.
I floated the idea to collaborate on a sortof 70s/80s ECM kinda vibe, and soon started bringing my laptop and a couple microphones over to his house to collect his improvisations and have him add to pieces I had started. Other friends from the neighborhood dropped by to add parts here and there as well.
The recordings were made primarily in the summers of 2016 & 2017 (with a break in-between to mourn the triumph of neo-fascism as well as the passing of beloved pets). Ultimately I tried to follow the feel of those summer nights and the tranquility they offered. Open air or at least open windows, drifting along, you know?”