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Revolutionary Ensemble, the / And Now...
Album:And Now... Collection:Jazz
Artist:Revolutionary Ensemble, the Added:11/2004
Label:Pi Recordings 

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Add Date:2004-11-22 Pull Date:2005-01-24 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:23 Jan16 Jan9 Jan26 Dec12 Dec5 Dec

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Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2004-11-18 
Reunion of a trio from the glorious "loft jazz" days of late '70s free jazz -- Leroy Jenkins (violin), Sirone (bass), and Jerome Cooper (drums). Spirited group work with lots of free scribbling on violin, as you'd expect. Excellent stuff.

Leroy gets two compositions (2,4) as does Sirone (1,5). Track 3, by Jerome Cooper, is the centerpiece, and it makes this whole session much more than a reunion. "911-544" feels like the kind of piece that burns a hole in the composer's head; something that has to get out at all costs. But Cooper hasn't recorded a lot in recent years (or maybe his music just hasn't gotten out to the west coast?).... so it's gratifying to see him get a venue for presenting this work, and performing it with two long-time friends, no less. It's a performance you really shouldn't miss.

1- Twiny, with artsy European flair. Fairly fast.

2- Slow start; gets furious and blurry

3- The centerpiece: A 20-minute song with obvious 9/11 connotations. Lots of phases here... it starts appropriately disturbing and gloomy, shrill and weird. Most of the piece is energetic, often chaotic -- what sounds like Cooper overdubbed on drums, piano, balaphone -- and punctuated with quiet moments. Ends on a tight free-jazz segment.

4- Angular and mid/slow, chaotic. Slower second half.

5- Slow and drunkenly happy.

Track Listing
1.Berlin Erfahrung 3.911-544
2.Rumi Tales 4.Light
 5.Ism Schism