Eigner's drumming often provides the foundation for most of the group forays into structured improv and he chimes in fearlessly with wind-powered toys here and there for fun. Swell also weighs in on Hammond organ (who knew?) and this gives the recording some welcome change in texture and rhythm. The two-disc recording quality is superb and the long session has been gracefully edited into bite-size pieces on disc one, with a lengthy piece devoted to disc two.
At the Bowery Poetry Club on Dec. 10th, the studio magic was harder to summon. Swell's superb-ness was too often drowned out. Carter finagled with the sound man then left early to catch another gig. Selinger's cello was too harshly amplified. Eigner, sitting in darkness towards the backstage, never seemed to make a strong connection with the others. Carter had his say, as always, and Selinger was most adept at linking up with his phrases, but this group needs more live playing time to develop a coherent, more interactive method of making group-improvised music.
Track Listing: CD1: Top-Dog-ucky Is A Long Shot; Lit Up Red At Night; Cockatoo; Dancing The Galliard; Regarding The Thinking Of Stones; Who Threw The Blame?; Tousled Heads; Rope-A-Dope; Or Just A Patchwork Quilt; CD2: Tomorrow Is A Long Today.
Personnel: Steve Swell: trombone, Hammond organ; Daniel Carter: tenor, alto, clarinet, trumpet, flute; Gil Selinger: cello, electric cello, Hammond organ; Terence Murren: bass, electric bass; Eric Eigner: drumset, percusion, clarinet.
Record Label: Eavesdrop Records
Style: Modern Jazz
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