Thollem McDonas – piano, voice, bells | Rent Romus – saxophones, voice, electronics | Jon Brumit – drums, electronics, objects | Steven Baker – The Bellows
Recorded, mixed, mastered by Andrew Scott www.thestudio401 .com – Under license lo Edgetone Records P.O. Box 2281 El Cerrito, CA 94530 USA www.edgetonerecords.com – cover image: jon brumit – tray photo: zephry throwell – inner tray “chadellier” jon brumit – text art “sam”: thollem mcdonas – design: rent romus | jon brumit
Tracklist: 1. stamen 3:35 (mcdonas / romus) 2. chandellier 4:29 (brumit) 3. efflorescence 4:36 (baker / mcdonas / romus) 4. vociferate 3:05 (mcdonas/ romus) 5. bloom 5:24 (mcdonas) 6. pistil 6:48 (baker/ mcdonas / romus) 7. discussion 6:56 (brumit) 8. rent asunder 2:22 (romus) 9. sam 2:33 (mcdonas) 10. spots 3:12 (brumit) 11. burgeon shiver 3:18 (baker / mcdonas / romus) 12. interruption 4:49 (mcdonas) 13. pollen 5:04 (brumit / mcdonas / romus) BLOOM – 56:17 total
a spirited and colossal collaboration between pianist Thollem Mcdonas, multi-saxophonist and electronician Rent Romus also featuring guests performers instrument builder Steven Baker, and drummer and found-object player Jon Brumit. The CD features free group improvisations as well as interpretations of numerous textual and graphical scores offered up by Mcdonas and Brumit. The entire album is an organic construction and expression of solos, duos, and trios combining disparate and divergent stylistic histories with a sense of refreshing immediacy, intensity, and spontaneous inventiveness.
Rent Romus – Steven Baker – Thollem McDonas – Jon Brumit
Intense and inventive, and almost baroque in its capacity for surprise, this is an excellent example of the power of improvised music that’s only enhanced by the use of electronics and unorthodox instruments.– RKF, The One True Dead Angel
…nuanced improvisation that often heads for the highlands before returning to the fold. There aren’t many folks out there who can make improvisation as accessible as Romus and McDonas, and these two albums are perfect examples. — J. Worley, Aiding & Abetting
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