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The Laughing Owl presents the proceedings of a heady musical summit: seventeen sublime, challenging duets from The Ex's guitarist, Terrie Ex & Dutch free-jazz legend Han Bennink. These gents' resumes are the stuff musical dreams are made of. The Ex's credentials as a musical entity & as human beings are simply unimpeachable. This stalwart experimental rock collective have been fearlessly doing things their own way for nearly 20 years, issuing relentless albums & touring the earth , renown both for their integrity and intensity. Counting individuals such as Steve Albini, Ken Vandermark & John Corbett among their constituency. Han BENNINK may very well be the most accomplished, versatile & charismatic percussionist to emerge from the temperate hotbed of '60's Euro free jazz, having anchored groups featuring Peter Brotzmann, Misha Megelberg, Derek Bailey, Leo Cuypers, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Paul Bley, ALEXANDER Von Schlippenbach, Cecil Taylor, Steve Lacy, LEE KONITZ, as well as countless other noteworthy projects under the hallowed auspices of Amsterdam's icp (instant composerís pool). It's truly difficult to imagine such classics as Nipples or Machine Gun existing without his enormous talent & presence.