the shape finds its own space FMRCD429​-​1116

by Alvin Fielder / Frode Gjerstad / Damon Smith



This is a special release for me, Frode is from Stavanger the home city of my great grandfather, what he did with his Detail group with John Stevens & Johnny Dyani was formative music for me.
Bobby Bradford was often added & Kent Carter later replaced Dyani. Of course Alvin Fielder drives the music here with his inventive playing that can only come from 60 years in the music!!

- Damon Smith

PDF with complete artwork included with download


released January 1, 2017

Alvin Fielder, drums
Frode Gjerstad, alto saxophone & clarinet
Damon Smith, double bass

Recorded at the No Idea Festival in Austin, Texas, on February 25th by Ryan Edwards
Mixed and Mastered by Ryan Edwards

In defense of language (detail)
ink transfer, scotch tape, paper, canvas 48"x68"
2013 Daniel Healey

Thanks to Chris Cogburn and the crew and all participants at the No Idea festival 2016 for making this a great event.


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