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by Jim Ryan's Forward Energy

Light Breeze 06:18
Flute Spirit 08:57


"This recording provides a robust showcase of some veteran improvisers who deserve greater notice." -Adam Hill, Signal to Noise

In what appears to be taking shape as the dark ages of the early 21st century, simply endorsing the music that comprises Configurations 2002 – buying it, listening to it, and above all making it -- can be seen as an act of rebellion. With political and cultural hegemony increasingly becoming the new world order of the day, radical free-thinking creativity runs directly counter to the seemingly inexorable tendencies of globalization and corporate assembly line entertainment. It takes refuge in such virtually undisclosed locations as The Luggage Store Gallery, and other venues unknown to the general public while faithfully sustained by the San Francisco Bay Area’s creative music community. On one day in May, 2001, and three days in January, 2002, Jim Ryan gathered the various configurations of his aptly named Forward Energy ensemble in those subterranean haunts and recorded five hours of spontaneous music-making, which have been distilled into this potent recording


released January 1, 2002

Jim Ryan- alto/tenor sax, flute, percussion
Alicia Mangan- tenor sax
Spirit- drums/percussion
Scott R. Looney- prepared piano, melodica
Eddie Gale - trumpet
John ‘Waveman’ Gruntfest - alto sax
Peter Valsamis - drums
Donald Robinson - drums
Adam Lane - contrabass violin


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Edgetone Records San Francisco, California

Edgetone Records is place for new music crossing the genre boundaries. Founded by musician/producer, Rent Romus, the label took shape in 1991. After being on a long hiatus Rent re-opened Edgetone in January 2000 and expanded it to support D.I.Y. (do it yourself) artists looking for a ground base and community label identity. ... more

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