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Abrams, Muhal Richard; George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell / Streaming
Album:Streaming Collection:Jazz
Artist:Abrams, Muhal Richard; George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell Added:01/2007
Label:Pi Recordings 

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Add Date:2007-01-21 Pull Date:2007-03-25 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2007-01-20 
Three veterans of free jazz in an improvised summit that includes regular piano/trombone/sax work but also plenty of percussion a la Art Ensemble of Chicago, and even some laptop electronics from George Lewis. A session that's mostly thoughtful rather than vicious and includes some nice application of electronics. Great musicianship too, of course.

Every track is worthy of airplay, although you'll want to be aware of the quietude in 1 and 4 and the drone-y nature of 2.

Muhal Richard Abrams (piano, etc.), George Lewis (trombone, laptop), Roscoe Mitchell (saxophones, percussion)

1- (10:02) Careful horn blurbs, piano. About halfway, gets into a quiet but clever/quirky improv. Last 2 minutes are quiet.
2- (11:02) Otherworldly fluttering, a tense, sparse warble. Builds to a squeaky, shimmering drone.
3- (18:27) Opens with "traditional" trombone/piano duet, playfully paced: a nice 8 minute opener (and good excerpt). ... Then a buildup into a more disturbing segment with electronically generated voicelike sounds and some heart-pounding piano.
4- (16:36) Slow piano thunder. Dark and stormy. After 5 minutes, bird sounds come in. Gets very quiet later, with soft percussion including what I think are laptop sounds, subtle.
5- (17:34) Bouncy trio improv, gets into a nice busy tizzy.

Track Listing
1.Scrape 3.Dramaturns
2.Bound 4.Soundhear