Michael Bullock / James Coleman / David Gross / Steve Roden - Untitled, Or Not Yet. (2008)
This unusual improv quartet was recorded in February 2003, but wasn't released until 5 years later, on the now defunct or dormant (1.8)sec label. What's unusual about it is the presence of Steve Roden, who is not usually an improv musician, rather a composer of sound art and installation pieces. For this once, he has joined some more hands-on performers onstage: alto saxophonist David Gross, double bassist Michael Bullock and James Coleman on the theremin. Of these, Bullock is probably the most 'famous'; he also dabbles with electronics, and can be spotted in the ranks of ensembles such as The BSC, Mawja and Masashi Harada Condanction Ensemble. Coleman did an album on Sedimental in 2001 ('Zuihitsu'), featuring such esteemed guests as Tatsuya Nakatani and Greg Kelley. I don't know anything about Gross (sorry Gross), but apparently he has played with Lê Quan Ninh, Eddie Prévost and the Nmperign guys over the years. Roden himself plays 'voice, objects, electronics' here. His trademark sounds blend nicely with the careful instrumental explorations of the other guys. This was an edition of 350 copies (now sold out), the CD attached to a piece of cardboard wrapped in 1 of 4 different vellum papers. It didn't make much of a splash at the time, but it's a nice (re)discovery. Check it out.