Album Review

Test – “Always Coming From The Love Side” – [Eremite]

Arcanum   1/13/2016   CD, Jazz

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 & subway platforms year-round, playing long-form unadulterated free jazz with an energy & creativity rarely encountered. even on a scene known for strong personalities, these guys were renegade cats. eremite heard & recorded TEST many many times over a ten year period; always coming from the love side, a two CD set from TEST’s 1999 u.s. tour, captured live at fred anderson’s velvet lounge just weeks before Y2K, is right up there among the band’s strongest & 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 months before the building was destroyed by the city of chicago to build a parking garage)

Disc 1_MTE-59
1. 31:33
2. 21:34
3. 12:09

Disc 2_MTE-60
1. 41:05
2. 11:15

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