All three members of this trio have played together (two at a time in different groups) on three previous AM discs. While Jean Derome (AM founding member) can be found on more than seventy discs so far, Malcolm Goldstein plays on some dozen discs and Rainer Wiens on just three so far, hence this is an unique trio with a modest title, 6 Improvisations.
This is some extraordinary, intense, bristling improv! Wow!
The opening piece is similar to some old Frith and Zorn improv but with some scary violin added to great effect. Mr. Derome does a fine job of balancing his extreme bent-note dialogue with tasty alto segments detouring to Monkland at times. Malcolm Goldstein, who is also a composer, starts with Polly Bradfield-like weird string sounds and then goes further out, tapping on the strings with the bow and his fingers. Mr. Wiens, who is the least known member of the trio, is impressive at playing his prepared guitar in a variety of strange ways. Certain sounds he gets I can figure out while at times he keeps me guessing with sounds from somewhere else.
This trio creates their own world with their distinctive sounds which balance precariously between fascinating and disorienting.