Ches Smith’s first album as a leader for ECM follows appearances for the label with Tim Berne’s Snakeoil and with Robin Williamson. Ches has worked a very wide range of music in the course of his career, playing with musicians from Marc Ribot to Terry Riley to Wadada Leo Smith and his own groups have been informed by his far-reaching experience. His early biography includes studies in composition with Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Curran and his taut writing for the trio on The Bell triggers inspired contributions from Taborn and Maneri, in an album which gradually builds in intensity.
- 1. The Bell
- 2. Barely Intervallic
- 3. Isn’t It Over?
- 4. I’ll See You On The Dark Side Of The Earth
- 5. I Think
- 6. Wacken Open Air
- 7. It’s Always Winter Somewhere
- 8. For Days