Warne Marsh

Report of the 1st Annual Symposium on Relaxed Improvisation

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This LP certainly has an odd name. The music is relaxed but not sleepy, featuring tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh, altoist Gary Foster, pianist Clare Fischer, bassist Paul Ruhland and drummer John Tirabasso. They perform "Bluesy Rouge" and three familiar standards in very spontaneous fashion; this was really a recorded jam session in which no one paid much attention to the presence of the microphones. The recording quality is ok, if not state of the art, and the playing is not flawless, but the music overall is creative and well worthy of a listen by Warne Marsh fans.