|Charles Lester Music announces the release of Live at The Blue, featuring the Joel Futterman, Alvin Fielder, Ike Levin Trio. This recording documents a rare club date by this Trio of veteran musical innovators. This CD features two hard driving, emotionally expressive sets performed in the intimate setting of Portland, Oregon’s premier jazz club the Blue Monk. Once again this Trio demonstrates their skill in creating tight music spontaneously with compositions unfolding into unanticipated terrains. No matter how incendiary, explosive, and abstract the music, it always swings.
"Familiarity may breed contempt, but in the case of improvised music colossal Joel Futterman, his frequent collaborator-- drummer Alvin Fielder, and Bay Area reed virtuouso Ike Levin, familiarity also breeds a creativity dialogue that has been nurtured by the trio over the years. Live at the Blue Monk represents another moment in time, considerably fulfilling to listen to, but hardly a baramometer on where these adventuresome voices are currently. This two set recording is a journey—each original improvisation developing organically, obliterating any preconceptions. Their inventions stretch the boundaries and their fellowship is notable. It is Levin, however, who proves once more that he is a remarkable improviser, unjustly neglected amid critical circles. Levin, who studied under Fred Anderson, manages to get a tone from his tenor saxophone that would make the Chicago icon beam with pride. Live at the Blue Monk is another document in the extended discourse between three familiar souls. Based on this evening’s performance, may it continue in perpetuity."
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