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Dave Stapleton & Matthew Bourne | Dismantling the Waterfall


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1. Threads of Silver 1.22
2. Couched by Thunderbolts 1.58
3. Trample the Sky 4.20
4. Dismantling the Waterfall 1.56
5. Unearthed 8.03
6. In the Breath of Memory 3.30
7. Remnants of Rain 1.38
8. Floating in Slices 6.04
9. Of Ionized Air 2.44
10. Echo-locate 3.01
11. Clusters of Dust-Clouds 3.26
12. Singeing Notes 3.36
13. Like Enlightenment 2.01
14. Ringing Silently 1.28
15. In Shreds 1.08
16. Like Lightning 2.10
17. In Streams of Gold 1.50


Dismantling the Waterfall was the first album recorded on the Edition label. Released in April 2008 by label boss Dave Stapleton and Matthew Bourne, two of Europe’s finest pianists, this album is a collection of short, breath-taking improvisations captured on one day in Besbrode Pianos, Leeds in late 2007. As much the result of European Art Music as of Jazz, as much inspired by Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett as by Shostakovich, Ravel and Bach, Dismantling the Waterfall is a meeting of musical minds and improvisational values. It is a matter of light and shade. Their music is a combination of talents and visions, highly visual music that conjures filmic images which suggests its European sensibilities. Stapleton and Bourne are musicians of hip tastes and exponents of some of the finest improvised and composed music coming from the UK scene.

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‘Both players are formidable generators of free improv… the music often has an unexpectedly delicate charm’. GUARDIAN

‘The music spans minimalist tone-journeys and bursts of dense, jazzy improvising… dreamy reflections over fast ostinatos… improv-skitters and rhapsodic melody’. GUARDIAN

‘Two of the UK’s most exciting young pianists… reminiscent of Keith Tippett’s duets with Howard Riley or Stan Tracey… restless imagination’. JAZZWISE


All music by Dave Stapleton and Matthew Bourne
Titles by Julie Tippetts

Recorded by Sam Hobbs and Mark Creswell at Besbrode Pianos, Leeds on 30th September 2007.
Mixed by Sam Hobbs and Matthew Bourne in Ilkley, Leeds between December 2007 and February 2008.
Mastered by Gaz Williams at Fliskin Manor, Bristol on 29th February.

Artwork photography by Dave Stapleton

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