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Leaps 24:46
Sproing 04:42


Leaps is an album of dramatic and colorful duo improvisations. Whether it’s the moody western slow wallow of “Door In The Light”, the patient and exploratory “Blinks and Blinks”, the quirky, popish, oddness of “The 14 Animals That Will Haunt Your Dreams”, or the “blues” influenced “Sproing”, we have found something special here. Don’t tread lightly…just leap right in. This first collaborative recording by two quirky and original masters of their instruments was recorded in an afternoon, and dramatically surprised both players, who had only performed together in larger groupings on a few rare occasions.

"Leaps featur[es] Scott Amendola on drums and percussion and Henry Kaiser on guitars. Bay area drummer, Scott Amendola is a longtime member of the Nels Cline Singers and performs/records Larry Ochs, Charlie Hunter & Ben Goldberg plus having several discs out as a leader. West Coast guitar great, Henry Kaiser, keeps busy by playing in a wide variety of contexts: solos, duos, trios and bands of different sizes. Mr. Kaiser has recorded a number duos, most often with fellow guitarists like: Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne and Fred Frith, but rarely in a duo with a drummer. Each piece here is very different and shows many sides to these two gifted improvisers. The title piece is first and it is an epic length workout which goes throughout a number of different sections, moods or scenes. From rip-roaring intensity to those Dead-like space jams. It all fits together like fascinating cryptic mosaic or puzzle which unfolds as it evolves. This disc is around 75 minutes long and takes us on a fabulous journey throughout". - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG


released January 20, 2015


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Henry Kaiser San Francisco, California

Henry Kaiser is an American guitarist and composer, known as an idiosyncratic soloist, a sideman, an ethnomusicologist, and a film score composer. Recording and performing prolifically in many styles of music, Kaiser is a fixture on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. He is considered a member of the "second generation" of American free improvisers. ... more

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