Clearing Customs

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Clearing Customs
FredFrith AlbumCover ClearingCustoms.jpg
Studio album by Fred Frith
Released February 2011 (2011-02)
Recorded November–December 2007, Germany
Length 67:50
Label Intakt (Switzerland)
Fred Frith chronology
Eye to Ear III
Clearing Customs
Field Days (The Amanda Loops)
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All About Jazz favorable[1]

Clearing Customs is a studio album by English guitarist, composer and improvisor Fred Frith.[2] It is based on a week of recordings and performances in November and December 2007 at a New Jazz Meeting at SWR, a German radio station in southwest Germany. Two hour-long national broadcasts were made.[3] The album was released by Intakt Records in February 2011.

The music is based on a 75-minute composition by Frith, and improvised by all the performers.[2] It uses a "graphic structural model" that links "diverse types of musical events" on a time line.[4] Traditional jazz instruments were used, plus Asian guzheng and tablas, and electronics. Frith drew on English theatre maker Peter Brook's approach of bringing together performers from completely different cultural backgrounds.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Frith.

  1. "Clearing Customs" – 67:50



  • Fred Frith – guitar, home-made instruments
  • Wu Feiguzheng
  • Anantha Krishnan – mridangam, tablas
  • Marque Gilmore – drums, electronics
  • Tilman Müller – trumpet
  • Patrice Scanlon – electronics
  • Daniela Cattivelli – electronics


Sound and artwork[edit]

Recorded at SWR studio 1 in Baden-Baden, Germany on November 29, 2007, and in Saarbrücken, Germany on December 1, 2007.

  • Wolfgang Bachner – recording engineer
  • Alfred Habelitz – sound engineer
  • Fred Frith – mixing, liner notes
  • Manfred Seiler – mixing
  • Manfred Seiler – mastering
  • Reinhard Kager – liner notes
  • Heike Liss – cover art
  • Jonas Schoder – graphic design



  1. ^ Jones, Nic. "Clearing Customs". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Clearing Customs". Intakt Records. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  3. ^ "Fred Frith". Mills College. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  4. ^ a b Kager, Reinhard. Clearing Customs liner notes.
  5. ^ "Clearing Customs". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 

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SWR New Jazz Meeting, November 2007
by Walter Layher