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This improvising duo, husband and wife at the time of this recording, delves into a kind of split-second musical interplay. Because of their differing backgrounds and shared musical and personal destinies, they are able to merge the best elements of both classical and folk music into a kind of intense physical and sonic conversation. At the time of this release, the duo was becoming better and better at the art of recording and releasing improvised music as their own producers, and were settling into performing careers that were taking them far afield of their native Alabama; on this album, one side comes from a concert in Wisconsin, the other from the posh Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. The pieces included are all fairly short works, by improvisers' standards, that are edited out of the longer performances so there is a bit of a choppy effect, although not as bad as some such productions wind up. Williams' work on a banjo, which he eventually discontinued, is here in all its goofy glory. Too bad such dull cover art was chosen when Williams himself is such a talented painter.

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