The three concerts were recorded on Mai 22, 2000 by Pierre
Plante and Pierre Léger @ the 17th ´Festival
International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville´.
Editing: Denis Frenette
Artwork: Julien Babin (Complicité, 1998, 114 x 81
Photos: Martin Morisette
Produced by Michel Levasseur
© Les Disques Victo / Les Éditions VICTORIAVILLE
Of Trees, Limbs and Springs
Three pianists - Cecil Taylor, Marilyn Crispell and Paul
Plimley - and the alto saxist John Oswald - gathered to
play, in a triple-header that meandered blissfully and chaotically,
and showed us a vision of measured abandon. Freedom rang
out, amidst floating bits of structure and melody, and it
also stretched out over three hours (which seemed like less,
a sign that music is working, and time is artfully subverted).
And it´s a very good thing, indeed, that it is now
captured for posterity on a recording. The occasion turned
out, through serendipitous circumstances, to be festive,
and also historic.
COMPLICITÉ was surely in this house, this evening.
Obviously, an intensely personal expression is involved
in the work of solo improvisers on this high of an order.
Yet there is also a negation of the usual musical hierarchies
which makes this music so brimming with a kind of idealism,
unveiled in very real time. What happened in Victoriaville
that night, in a temporarily re-functioned hockey rink,
was some kind of magic.
Josef Woodard, April 2001 (Booklet)