This is the second in an ongoing series of live improvisations recorded at Atlanta's Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery. The cast of musicians on these outings is ever-changing, and this time out it numbers no less than 11 players. Led by saxophonist Robert Cheatham, this group, which also features a pair of drummers and guitar players, synthesizer, electronics, bass clarinet, etc., performs a series of pieces all revolving around a theme established in the first 30 seconds. This "band" then moves in on and starts jimmying around with the theme's harmony and scalar architecture, moving in dynamic and modular ways to listen intently to what is being put forth in order to extend it for as long as the improvisation lasts. Themes are never completely abandoned or embraced -- they are merely skeletons, which can be adorned in any number of inspiring ways and usually are. Here saxophonists hear echoes of tonal movement in the way a tom tom is struck or in the way a particular sampled phrase rolls out into the open air and is attacked by a guitar before that guitar is dovetailed into a saxophone or bass clarinet solo. It's all one long stream of musical hide and seek, and it's a beautiful example of how developed free group interplay can be when all the players in the ensemble are as talented at listening as they are at playing their instruments.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek