The Scottish based duo of Rob Hall & Chick Lyall has developed it's distinctive musical language and identity over several years. Their music is informed by a wide range of genres from Baroque chamber music to free Jazz and folk idioms, connecting with the broader European music tradition, though often articulated with an American attitude. The central thread through all their work is the intense musical dialogue that they are capable of building between them. With Blithe Spirit, the duo's third release on FMR records, Rob Hall & Chick Lyall continue their collaboration with an album of wide ranging music, incorporating melodic composition, abstract free-improvisation and polyphonic interaction, always infused with a sensitivity for dynamic range, elasticity of rhythm and simplicity of utterance. In this recording they have expanded their language and sonic world even further incorporating three pieces in which they interact with electronic backdrops. ROB HALL Sopranino, Soprano & Tenor Saxophones, Clarinet CHICK LYALL Piano, Harpsichord & Electronics Recorded, mixed & mastered by David Galbraith at his studio - Lochwinnoch, Scotland 28-30 January 2011 Original photography by Susheila Jamieson (used by kind permission) Cover image by Rob Hall Design & layout by Ewan Rigg Executive Producer - Trevor Taylor Copyright on this recording - Rob Hall & Chick Lyall 2011 under UK license to FMR Records FMRCD310-0511 BLITHE SPIRIT will be officially launched at The Hub 27 July 2011 at Edinburgh Jazz Festival.