Revolutionary Ensemble, The Psyche

Steve Smith

By Steve Smith

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A free jazz model of democratic interaction.

Revolutionary in more ways than one. The combination of violinist Leroy Jenkins, bassist Sirone and percussionist Jerome Cooper was a model of democratic interaction. Each member offers a composition on The Psyche, a self-released album nearly impossible to find until the Mutable label rescued it from oblivion in 2004. “The Invasion,” by Cooper, demonstrates the group's knack for sustaining interest over long stretches with a chamber-music sense of organization; Sirone's “Hu-Man” offers bluesy swing, while Jenkins pays careful attention to silence and space in the delicate “Collegno.”