Michael Lytle and George Cartwright

The Practice Room Sessions – Winter 1978

Somewhere around the trio concert of 11/78, we recorded at least one practice room session with Marilyn Crispell.  I’m not sure how we met Marilyn, I don’t believe she was in session at CMS while we were there, but she was a frequent visitor, and inspiring graduate. This recording reveals a terrific atonal ear.

There are some really fine performances here. An obvious “free jazz” component is blended with excellent listening skills, often running on the fly.

The “Incredible Trio” is a long improvisation, very dense after a very spaced start.
By half way through the landscape changes…

“Listen” is more sensitive, flows from the first piece very well, and brings us back in the end.