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It Is This It Is Not This

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This group was the collaborative project of performers Sue Ann Harkey and Sharon Gannon and in this recording venture swept in some true giants of early free jazz, drummer Dennis Charles and multi-instrumentalist Don Cherry, who can bring sparkle to any musical venture with his pocket trumpet. The presence of such players on an album signifies a certain level of quality, and it should be noted that although Harkey and Gannon make great use of these players they certainly don't need them to make good music and they have plenty of ideas of their own. In fact, they might have too many ideas for some listeners, who might find this kind of material pretentious or pompous. It is ultimately too sincere for that kind of rough appraisal, however. With all the ethnic instruments, including bells from both Tibet and India, this might come across like a bunch of novices rummaging through an import shop, but that is hardly the case. The material seems to shimmer with the dust of ancient wisdom.

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