'Bloom', a spirited and colossal collaboration between pianist Thollem Mcdonas, multi-saxophonist and electronician Rent Romus also featuring guests performers instrument builder Steven Baker, and drummer and found-object player Jon Brumit.
The CD features free group improvisations as well as interpretations of numerous textual and graphical scores offered up by Mcdonas and Brumit. The entire album is an organic construction and expression of solos, duos, and trios combining disparate and divergent stylistic histories with a sense of refreshing immediacy, intensity, and spontaneous inventiveness.
Thollem Mcdonas - piano, voice, bells
Rent Romus - saxophones, voice, electronics
Jon Brumit - drums, electronics, objects
Steven Baker - The Bellows
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Metro Press, Detroit October 2006
52nd City, St. Louis October 2006
"Intense and inventive, and almost baroque in its capacity for surprise, this is an excellent example of the power of improvised music that's only enhanced by the use of electronics and unorthodox instruments."
RKF, The One True Dead Angel
"...nuanced improvisation that often heads for the highlands before returning to the fold. There aren't many folks out there who can make improvisation as accessible as Romus and McDonas, and these two albums are perfect examples." - J. Worley, Aiding & Abetting