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Review

David Fujino, The Live Music Report, September 1, 2008

Avant players Lori Freedman and Scott Thomson converse easily throughout these nine recorded tracks of engaging free improvisation.

Each has a solo track, but otherwise they’re playing spacious, structurally aware, highly sensitive duets. Trombonist Thomson frequently senses mood changes and adjusts (Leak), while clarinetist Lori Freedman expresses her ideas in well-structured outflows (The Plummet).

Also, they employ extended (and invented) techniques to project their imaginations through sound — or through mixtures of sound and silence, to be more exact.

While I know it’s a cliché, I have to say that Freedman and Thomson ’play so human’ in this recording, and their axis of mind, body, and breath, literally breathes in these sonically free and surprising, well-shaped improvisations.

These players freely ’play the music’ — and therefore gift us with their sonic imagination, individual experience, and far-reaching intuition.

These players freely ’play the music’ — and therefore gift us with their sonic imagination, individual experience, and far-reaching intuition.

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