The Cincinnati Improvisational Group "Freeform Free For All"
David T. Chastain*Guitar
Recorded 8.25.85 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Mastered in 1995
Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines the word improvise as: "To
compose, recite, play, or sing extemporaneously (Skilled at or given to unrehearsed
speech or performance.) To make, invent, or arrange offhand. To fabricate out of
what is conveniently on hand. To improvise something."
Diginet Music is happy to release the legnedary and long out of print cd of
THE CINCINNATI IMPROVISATIONAL GROUP and their debut release
"FREEFORM FREE FOR ALL". Instead of sitting here and telling you all of the
superlatives, we will just let David tell you in his own words about this release.
"As my career developed into a recording situation it became necessary to make the
songs much more structured. It has always been difficult for me to play a "short solo"
of 8 or 16 bars. I have always been much more excited to play something unrehearsed
and for the first time with no constraints or restrictions. It's like love, nothing beats
the first time for the magic and excitement."
"As the CHASTAIN, CJSS and DAVID T. CHASTAIN releases became successful it
forced me to concentrate on the songs and less on improvising. However, even as the
above recordings were very enjoyable and something I am very proud I still had the
desire to keep up my improvising skills."
"In 1992 we released my "MOVEMENTS THRU TIME". On that cd I decided to
release a portion of one of the tracks from my "jam" band, THE CINCINNATI
IMPROVISATIONAL GROUP. The track was "ZONED IN DANGER". I received
numerous letters from fans around the world wanting to know how to get more
material from the band. We generally received excellent response to the track. Some
of the fans were willing to pay a very high price for tapes of the material."
"When we originally were recording the material it was for our own personal
enjoyment with no plans to ever release the tracks to the public. I always felt the
material was more for the players than the listener. I must have been wrong! While I
admit, I believe that the material definitely contains my best "soloing" to date, it is an
honor to share the music with everyone."
"THE CINCINNATI IMPROVISATIONAL
GROUP features myself on guitar, MIKE SKIMMERHORN, the bassist from
CHASTAIN and CJSS, and MIKE HAID, the drummer that played on my 1994 release
"NEXT PLANET PLEASE". Not everyone can "Jam" together. It is a special musical
bond that sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. You can have the best players in
the world together, but if the "magic" is not there the music will be noise. Myself and
the 2 Mike's had the special bond that usually worked out to create some outstanding
pieces of improvisation."
"The way a "jam" works is that I would come in and show the other guys the main
theme and we would take it from there to places we had no preconceptions to go. If
we got "too far out" we would always return to the theme and explore a different
path. Of course your have a few mistakes and crashes along the way, but when it
works there is no greater feeling."
"This music was recorded live with no overdubs in anyway. We usually did these jams
before an audience of only a few friends in my own home studio in Cincinnati. I hope
you enjoy listening to the recordings as much as we did making it."!!
You can now download individual tracks or this entire Cd at iTunes!!
CD on Demand at Amazon.com
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