This 76-minute improvisation -- conducted by a nearly anonymous (outside of Atlanta anyway) band of 11 musicians playing in a performance space in that city -- is a wonder of creativity and musical and aesthetic bravery, and it is a testament to the true D.I.Y. spirit of the American underground. Improvisations 1: Live! At EyeDrum is a part of an ongoing series of CD-R releases from The Eyedrum Music and Art Gallery. This series of pieces is revelatory in its portrayal of the high degree of musical ability flourishing in the darkened corners of the American scene. This is a document of an evening where there were no second chances, no alternate takes, no arrangements, and no bandleaders -- nothing but these people standing (or sitting) in agreement together to make music. And it works. There is no evidence of egotistical, artsy musical masturbation of any kind. Instead listeners hear a collective consciousness at work, a large space for listening and movement toward what is heard on the same level as Rova in their early days or the free improv gigs conducted by the London Jazz Composers Orchestra before Barry Guy and company were composing for the band. Some of it's noisy, some of it's hauntingly beautiful, and all of it is inspiring. Go to http://www.eyedrum.org.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek