THE MUSIC IMPROVISATION COMPANY
Though music journalists made a big deal recently about the release of a 1965 rehearsal tape by Derek Baileys Joseph Holbrooke trio with Gavin Bryars and Tony Oxley, those early efforts were mere tentative steps along a cliff edge wearing a line safely attached to Coltrane. Theres still a whiff of jazz to Bailey and Parkers work with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble up to and including 1968s Karyobin but with the addition of Jamie Muir the first great free improvising percussionist who didnt start out as a jazz drummer and the way-leftfield electronics of Hugh Davies, the MIC leapt right off that cliff.
These six tracks tight, electric, pointillistic, brilliant, uncompromising and exhilarating sound like nothing else that came before.
In a word, seminal.