Maggie Nicols & Peter Nu ‎– Don't Assume
Maggie Nicols & Peter Nu ‎– Don't Assume

Maggie Nicols & Peter Nu ‎– Don't Assume

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Label: Leo Records ‎– LR 145
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: UK
Released: 1987
Genre: Jazz
Style: Free Improvisation

Legendary British free-improv from dynamic duo Peter Nu and Scottish vocalist Maggie Nicols on the prolific Leo records ran by tireless Russian ex-pat Leo Feigin.  They're winding, journeying pieces grounded by Nu's often stark / non-rhythmic piano counterpoint style that drifts from hard, repeated notes and softer chord progressions, yet it works in a telepathic tandem with Nicols' multifaceted vocal style, hopping with ease from matter-of-fact observational dialogue, to off-the-cuff ad-libbing and wilder, bordering on speaking-in-tongues / possessed onomatopoeic fits.  Intense in parts, but a real treat to hear an artist pushing their voice past the point you thought was possible, manoeuvring / forcing it into shapes thought impossible, darting from lounge-style held vibrato to 4th-wall dissolving quintessentially British chat - catching you fully off guard as if that lady on the street has asked you what time the next bus is.  SO GOOD.  (VG+/VG+).