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The jazz quartet of veteran improvisers Mike Johnston, Mike Gilmore (core duet of The Northwoods Improvisers collective with Johnston, since 1976), Mike Khoury (founder of Entropy Stereo) and Kirk Lucas (visual artist and sculptor apart from musician) from Michigan of the USA prepared for us a bundle of surprises this time... The occidental music band that serves improvisation, experiments by mixing western music culture with the "seducing" east in the best manner. With jazz instrumentation as a base (double bass, vibraphone, violin and cello), already introduced with their debut "The Hidden" also on Triple Bath (July 2007), traditional instruments from Africa (inanga, kalimba, marimba), Asia (sho, shakuhachi, cheng, gong), Middle East (saz, tamboura), America (banjo), Central Europe (zither) and various percussion enrich the universal character of "Impermanence", taking the listener from season to season, from culture to culture... from entropy to elsewhere... The inherent twist of the four musicians towards introducing melody at several points of the album, like in the version of Sun Ra’s "When There Is No Sun" and Ahmed Abdul-Malik’s "Maghrebi" is certainly not going to bother any lover of avant-garde music - on the contrary - it will introduce him/her to the album's deeper meanings. However, the entropic, improvisational jazz of this quartet is most likely to be comprehended by even the most uneducated ear, for being a product of thought and purity.

total duration 51:46


released June 26, 2009

Mike Johnston: double bass, inanga, sho, shakuhachi, wood flutes, african bells
Mike Gilmore: vibraphone, cheng, saz, bone guitar, kalimba, bowed percussion, steel drums
Mike Khoury: violin, percussion
Kirk Lucas: violoncello, guitar, banjo, zither, tamboura, gong, kalimba

recording by Mike Johnston, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, on December 26, 2007

mastering by Themistoklis Pantelopoulos, June 2009

graphic by Themistoklis Pantelopoulos, June 2009
based on photos in Agkistri island, June 2009


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