It may not be completely unusual to record an ensemble without any drums, but what makes this live German project so interesting is its concept. Directed by cellist Thomas Böhm-Christl and saxophonist Joachim Gies, twenty musicians participated in three separate concerts of nine musicians each: four vocalists, seven wind players, seven string players, and two pianists. The emphasis is on variety, with some of twenty-three recorded pieces composed, others improvised, and the remainder somewhere in between. The size of the groups ranges from the duo to the nonet, with genres melding and melting. Some of the best solo work is from Gies, but there is plenty of competition, mostly from musicians not well known in the States. While some of the tracks seem like fragments, others are developed, but the excitement never wanes.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Loewy