George Cartwright

Red Rope

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On this set recorded live at the Knitting Factory, George Cartwright (switching between various saxophones) and clarinetist Michael Lytle battle it out on three lengthy free improvisations. The lack of any melody or steady rhythm is tolerable, but much of the time Cartwright and Lytle just seem to be playing random notes with an excess of emotion and passion. No development occurs, little discernible communication or interaction can be heard, and the overall effect is self-indulgent. The musicians had fun and perhaps some of the listeners at the club did that night, but it is doubtful if many purchasers will feel compelled to listen to this scream-fest a second time.

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