Milo Fine Free Jazz Ensemble

Precision in Inexactitude

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I guess an "ensemble" can be comprised of two people, especially when one (Milo Fine) plays everything from electronic drums to their acoustic counterparts to clarinets, piano, prepared piano, and other stuff. But the other one (Steve Gnitka) only plays guitar. This set -- or fractured presentation of a set -- was recorded live, and what Fine gives listeners is first "Nearly All of Second Set" and then "Last Section, First Set," with a 22-second tag at the end. Apparently there is a strategy to follow this, but it feels messy and sloppy and completely uninspired. Notes are played, and played, and played, and played some more. They stack up, they unstack, they fall apart because there are no ideas attached to them. It also feels, judging by the "audience" clapping, that there were like three people at the gig! This is noodling free jazz, without purpose or passion -- there isn't anything to grab onto because there isn't anything there that isn't academic or anchored in pretense. Why this was released is a mystery.

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