This New York quartet willfully and aggressively seeks to dissolve its four individual voices into one collectively improvised sound. Eschewing standard leadership roles, pre-written tunes and usually even conventional gig locations-its most frequent performance haunt is the Astor Place subway stop-while embracing an anonymous moniker, Test attempts to put all of its focus on a pure group approach. While they generally succeed on this count, shaping a ferocious, expressionist din straight out of mid-’60s energy music, too often the group falls into a kind of free jazz rut; most pieces climax with unremittingly overblown saxophone freak-outs. (The delicate, flute-driven “Alen’s Flight Preparation” is a nice exception.)
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