The cover shows three young fellows sporting rifles and hammer, with the Manhattan skyline hovering in the distance. Originating from the Middletown, Connecticut scene of adventurous pokes, CCM4 is caught live at the Tri-Centric Festival in New York, with their usual blend of self-described urban terrorism. Uncomfortable listening, to say the least, the trio smashes conventions and barriers in its single, long ode to creatively boisterous sounds. Pete Cafarella's piano and accordion take you by surprise by luring the listener into a den of explosions. Oboist Raphael Cohen and well-known Middletowner and alto saxophonist Seth Misterka round out the trio. The fourth member of the CCM4 is the computer, which plays a major role in the success of the project. Actually, in addition to the three performers (and the computer), there are also nine sound stations, with CD players, tape decks, boom boxes, and computer. Middletowner Anthony Braxton should be proud.
CCM4 Destroys New York Review
by Steve Loewy