What We Live: Never Was
Occasionally there is a steady beat, but often there isn't, and the sound and time expands - apparently into infinity, giving these pieces a spread-out, unhurried, even un-timebound feel. Sometimes Robinson sets up a steady pulse for part of a piece and even moves in and out of it several times in the course of the track. "will be" drives along with great intensity of purpose, and "nothing infinite" lopes around the edges of a walking blues without ever falling in. "never was," on the other hand, crackles at the electric edge between sound and silence with the understated fury of Ochs' and Ellis' interaction, with Robinson.
Ochs employs the full possibilities of his horn, from relatively conventional lines to great multiphonic wails and upper-upper register cries. His architectonic skill is clear from all these tracks, with the longer "as is" and "strength in numbers" giving him ample room and opportunity to roam. Step by step Ellis and Robinson underscore or contrast his lines, always finding striking ways to create and resolve tension.
This is improvised music of the highest order.
Record Label: Black Saint