Contrabassist Joscha Oetz presents a collection of improvised music in solo and duo settings culled from his creative investigation of this form over the last two and a half years. Oetz is joined on this cd by renowned bassist/improviser Barre Philips. Since their initial meeting in 1995, Oetz and Phillips have continued to build a musical relationship ( the duo which they call "Two Generations of Contrabass") whose particular sound is captured on these recordings for the first time. Also featured are three of Oetz's solo performances, a piece recorded in Germany with saxophonist Andreas Wagner, and a collaboration with percussionist Greg Stuart produced in San Diego.
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"Free improvisation is the avant-garde's final staging post before the abyss of raw noise...Very challenging, and we don't say that lightly."
- Duncan Bell, Muzik (UK)
"Abstract, challenging improv without all the egotistical onanism."
"Oetz is not a dry technician but a flexible and expressive player questing for eloquence. Needless to say, Phillips delivers a series of object lessons and Oetz is primed to respond in kind."