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Beyond The Boundary Of Time
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CD

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MUTABLE 17532 MUTABLE 17532
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RELEASE DATE
1/12/2009

Leroy Jenkins (violin), Sirone (bass) and Jerome Cooper (drums, balaphone, chiramia, Yamaha PSR 1500). "Beyond The Boundary Of Time documents the last live performance of the legendary Revolutionary Ensemble before Leroy Jenkins' death in 2007. This recording was made of a performance on May 25, 2005 in Warsaw, Poland. In the 1970s, the Revolutionary Ensemble introduced New York to decided musical advances, many pioneered by Chicago's A.A.C.M. musicians. Ex-Chicagoan Leroy Jenkins, who played violin, of all unheard-of modern jazz instruments, had formed his concept from classical, swing, blues, and modern elements and had been one of the radicals who discovered new concepts of sound, space, and musical relationships in the late 1960s. Jerome Cooper had been a somewhat later Chicago explorer, while Sirone's freedom of motion had grown out of work with the most visionary New Yorkers. Extensive rehearsal led this cooperative trio to a shared, free sense of dynamics, momentum, and form, and a wholly unique sound: their instrumental recombinations yielded a surprising variety of textures and colors. Most of all, these highly sophisticated personalities played together to create an ensemble music even larger than the sum of its parts. After the long overdue reissue in 2004 of their 1975 recording The Psyche on Mutable Music, the Revolutionary Ensemble -- Leroy Jenkins (violin), Sirone (bass), and Jerome Cooper (drums, keyboards) --­ reunited for both recording and performances. On this live set, each musician is represented by one of their own compositions -­ 'Configuration' by Sirone, 'Usami' by Leroy Jenkins, and 'Le-Si-Jer' by Jerome Cooper, as well as two group improvisations. All three of these great musicians are at the top of their form here, and one envies the Warsaw audience that attended what turns out to have been their final performance together. Their remarkable realization of the ensemble ideal was still revelatory­ and still revolutionary."