By the end of the '90s, Thomas Lehn had established himself as perhaps the leading synthesizer player working in the free improvisation field. His use of analog synth certainly imparts a more flexible approach but, more importantly, his collaborative ability and willingness to seriously listen to his cohorts has almost assured the disc buyer that anything bearing his name would be worth hearing. On Temps Duree, he's joined by veteran cellist and trombonist Gunter Christmann for a series of relatively short, but intense and creative, conversations. Christmann concentrates on cello (14 out of 17 cuts) and, not surprisingly, consistently utilizes extended techniques, often emulating the blips and squeaks emerging from Lehn's synthesizer. The result is an enjoyable, if relentlessly abstract, set where each musician is shown to good advantage. Newcomers to the genre might wish to begin elsewhere, but fans of these performers will want to hunt down this rare disc. Issued in a limited edition of 150, it includes a handmade wooden cover appliqué and individual actual photos glued to the accompanying booklet.
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AllMusic Review by Brian Olewnick