Estimable British free improviser, trombonist Paul Rutherford embarks upon the man versus (digital) machine methodology by lining up with live EFX processing artists, Robert Jarvis and Lawrence Casserley. Perhaps a Play for one’s neural system, this recording is segmented into two acts. In fact, the producers’ recommend that this outing should not be listened too in one sitting, which from this reviewer’s perspective is sound advice.
It’s brain food for the mind’s eye, as the trio ventures into a surrealist type scenario where the live electronics often mimic Rutherford’s dialogs amid various tone-shaping exercises and sound manipulations. Here, the ongoing three-way dialogs generally coalesce, so it’s not about capacious call and response type exchanges or cat and mouse chases. But this project is largely about a sinuous, interweaving of electro-acoustic based improvisations to coincide with a prevalent air of unpredictability. And there are movements that suggest alternating flows that at times, seem to descend into liquefying themes and cosmic breakdowns. Needless to say, this is an intelligently crafted affair and a curiously interesting progression for Mr. Rutherford, who is an artist that has seemingly done it all. (Recommended for the adventure seeker.... )