While one can certainly admire the musicianship of multi-reedist Ken Vandermark
and drummer Paul Lytton
, the music on this two-CD set is mostly pretty unlistenable. Vandermark
screeches, squawks, and squeals on his clarinet and tenor while Lytton
comments in random fashion on drums and percussion with occasional touches of electronics. Some of the music is comprised of very intense sound explorations while at other times the sparse setting leads to some introspection, space, and long tones. The problem is that very little development takes place and none of the individual pieces (which are randomly titled) stick in one's mind. In other words, the end results are not only abrasive and jarring (which is excusable) but inexcusably dull. It might have been enjoyable to attend these sessions in person, but on record they are merely annoying. Both Vandermark
are capable of much more stimulating and purposeful improvisations.