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Thomas Lehn/Gerry Hemingway: Tom and Gerry

Percussionist Gerry Hemingway should be familiar to most readers from both his long-term membership in the Anthony Braxton Quartet and his leadership of a superb quintet, but Germany’s Thomas Lehn remains an unknown quantity to most folks in North America. This powerful double CD of analog synthesizer-percussion duets marks Lehn’s first domestic release, and it’s a doozy of an introduction: a rigorous and challenging series of free improvisations that celebrate sound in its most tactile, unwieldy and cathartic forms. Lehn, who’s also a fine pianist, frequently collaborates with European improvisers like John Butcher, Axel Dorner, Phil Durrant, Mats Gustafsson, and Paul Lovens, and that musical aesthetic is made clear through the bracing mix of cerebralism and physicality on Tom & Gerry.

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