Based in New York but recording this album live at the Velvet Lounge in Chicago in 1991, the quartet of Tom Bruno on drums, Matthew Hyner on bass, and both Daniel Carter and Sabir Mateen on sax & winds, present three extended improvisations of insanely great collective jazz.
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Catalog ID: MTE 059-60CD
Squidco Product Code: 21889
Format: 2 CDs
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at the Velvet Lounge, in Chicago, Illnois, on November 13th, 1999 by Malachi Ritscher.
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"NYC free jazz cooperative TEST was literally an underground favorite -- as part of the Music Under New York program in the 1990s, TEST was out on the street and subway platforms year-round, playing long-form unadulterated free jazz with an energy and creativity rarely encountered. Even on a scene known for strong personalities, these guys were renegade cats.
Eremite heard and recorded TEST many, many times over a ten-year period; Always Coming from the Love Side, a two-CD set from TEST's 1999 US tour captured live by Malachi Ritscher at Fred Anderson's Velvet Lounge just weeks before Y2K (on November 13, to be exact), is right up there among the band's strongest and most memorable performances.
The cover photo, for those who don't recognize it, is of the Velvet Lounge's legendary wallpaper. Other images include a portrait of Fred Anderson in front of the club (shot November 2005 by Peter Brotzmann just months before the building was destroyed by the city of Chicago to build a parking garage) and Tony Getsug's photos of TEST tearing up the bandstand there, as well as art and photography by Joshua Abrams and TEST bassist Matthew Heyner."-Eremite