Working together. BASIL RAMSEY listens to Richard Stoltzman and Nexus
Group improvisation has a quality implicit in the integration of its
players' sensitivity. Individuals all, they are committed to a music that
is drawn from them collectively to be part of the whole. Only by working
in unity may the improvisation draw strength to stand alone.
Nexus has a world-class reputation, and here with Richard
Stolzman as a brilliant partner there are a dozen or so improvisations from
two minutes to six or seven. Whilst it is unlikely to find any standard
development, the pieces have their own decisive character and flow. For
those who prefer nice, fat tunes, and predictable periods of development,
there is no point in struggling with this. Listeners who allow their senses
to do otherwise, the experience induces time to stand still, or - at any
rate - to discourage us from clock watching. Should you cultivate the habit
of allowing sounds to wash over you, these tracks will cooperate most agreeably.
[Listen, track 1, 00:00 - 00:40.]
Copyright © 31 May 2000 Basil Ramsey,
Eastwood, Essex, UK
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