MP3 Larry Williams The LAQT - Arising
Spontaneous group composition that remains melodically and harmonically expressive.
7 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Free Jazz, NEW AGE: Ambient
Upon conception of documenting the LAQT project, I certainly didn’t think the nights I recorded with one stereo mic into my laptop would be “it”. However, after reviewing all recordings of this group - live and studio – over the course of 2005, it became obvious that these were indeed the performances that had to be documented.
This recording is completely organic.
You’ll hear everything you normally hear when you go see a live band in a club or café.
There’s the “as is” mix of the players on each instrument with the static room configuration, but there’s also people chattering & laughing, waitresses taking orders, the cash register, blenders, etc.
But mostly what you’ll hear is spontaneous composition in real time. And really, isn’t that the point?
It’s become a standard somewhat for musicians to “bring the studio to the stage” to record a “live” album. To me it sounds like a studio record anyway because you go through the same protocols - all that separating and miking, etc.
It is my opinion that when you play back this type of recording you’re not hearing what the band actually “sounded” like on the night it was recorded. It could have been done anywhere.
For example, a drummer’s cymbals just sound different when you’re sitting out in the audience than they sound being picked up from overhead mics, processed through a mixer, then projected through speakers. Sure it’s the best way to record cymbals but it just isn’t the way it’s heard out front.
But such is the way of technology. Everything CAN be perfect if we want it to be and it seems we are more interested in seeking out that sonic perfection than using a great performance that just happened to go down the night a single mic was used to record - putting the cart before the horse in other words.
I will always pick an ok recording of a great performance over vice-versa.
When I listen to one of my old live Coltrane records I don’t hear anything but the music anyway.
There could have been NO recording at all - you know, “the one that got away”.
Nobody really knows what night the “great” performance is going to happen. We can have the best well rehearsed players with arrangements and recording engineers with all the best available tech gear ready on the night of the big recording, but that doesn’t mean the recording is going to be the one that makes us say, “THAT’S IT!”
All that said…
I would of course prefer a state of the art recording of an exemplary live performance. And in a perfect world that would always be the case, BUT as a listener, after you experience this record I think you’ll be glad this series of performances didn’t “get away”
no matter how it was recorded.