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Listen to: Free Improv #5 from April/May 2002

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April/May 2002

In the spirit of S.F. Bay Area artistic experimentation and exploration, THE LEFT COAST IMPROV GROUP (TLCIG) has crystalized from divergent musical and geographic backgrounds to form a unit of unprecedented talent. Its members are products of deep dedication, long study (both in and outside of academia), and many years of performance experience.
The emphasis of the group's approach is on relaxation, freedom, and listening, rather than individual virtuosity which, nevertheless, underlies the ensemble as an unfailing support for its cohesive expressiveness.

“Each track has its strengths and the album works beautifully as a whole. It absorbs the listener gently,
never imposing its views. The group gels together marvelously.”
- François Couture, All Music Guide

“The music is orchestral, spirited and highly animated, some of which brought to mind avant-garde
interpretations of the best of Carl Stallings
- Jerry Kranitz, Aural Innovations

The Left Coast Improv Group an ever-changing configuration and brainchild of the Improv Wizard himself Jim Ryan presents their most stellar recording to date now available on Edgetone Records.

Ernesto Diaz-Infante
- prepared guitar/violin/small percussion
Jeff Hobbs - violin, cornet, clarinet, sax, trumpet, other instruments
Ron Heglin - trombone/voice
Scott R. Looney - laptop computer/interactive electronics
Bob Marsh- cello/violin/voice/other instruments
Jim Ryan - flutes/kalimba/alto saxophone/small percussion
Karen Stackpole - drum kit/percussion/gongs