Contributions - Lean Left – Live at Cafe Oto

Sleeve notes by Stew for this blistering live set by American-Dutch-Scandinavian free-improv quartet.

The Ex guitars meet Nilssen-Love/Vandermark Duo.

Lean Left throws together two explosive duos – the sax/drums collision course of Ken Vandermark and Paal Nilsson-Love with the piledriving guitarists from The Ex – to make up a positively apocalyptic quartet: an elemental musical force featuring Grade A international players zoning in and scrambling together rock, jazz, noise and blistering free improv into a highly-charged onstage assault, each member taking their sounds and bodies to the edge and often snapping out of the wilds and into glorious passages of regular rhythm. Recorded live at Café Oto, London in 2011.