For John Stevens
"The Gathering is an informal improvising session that has met in London once a week since 1991. For the 2002 freedom of the city festival, Maggie Nicols assembled some of the past and present participants. This studio recording from two months later features a similar group of 25 musicians performing two extended improvisations that are typical of the weekly sessions, with their distinctive mixture of voices and instruments. Also included is a three-part tribute to John Stevens featuring interpretations of his pieces, with poetry superimposed. 78 minutes -- previously unissued."