The Ritual and The Dance (Gatefold)
Roscoe Mitchell & Mike Reed
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Seventeen minutes into this thirty-seven minute performance from Roscoe Mitchell and Mike Reed, the saxophonist pauses, removing the soprano from his lips. At that moment, it is clear what an enormous effort the septuagenarian was making. His breath control and lung volume might be matched only by two of his contemporaries, Evan Parker and Peter Brötzmann. But then, you might not be surprised by the saxophonist's attack as he has been at this for half a century.
Zuiderpershuis, Antwerp, Belgium, October 22, 2015.