|In its "Blue Serie", the label Thirsty Ear releases the first compilation of the famous and unique Vision Festival in New York.
Since seven years, this community and multi-arts festival (music, dance...) programs, in particular, some of the most interesting musicians of the actual improvised music and avant-garde jazz scene.
Recorded live during the 2002 edition of the festival (May 23rd to June 2nd), this nine titles compilation presents musicians usually accustomed of the Blue Serie, like pianist Matthew Shipp, double bass player William Parker or viola player Mat Maneri, but also vocalist Ellen Christi, saxophonist Douglas Ewart... without forgetting the brillant last ten minutes of the record : a solo improvisation of the German double bass player Peter Kowald - unfortunately deceased a few months after the recording.
The audio CD is completed by a DVD on which you will find video footage of each band - sometimes mixed with images of the great live painting of Jeff Schlanger.
In short, this compilation is an excellent way to familiarize oneself with these musicians representative of a creative, innovating and very actual American scene.