Shoup/Burns/Radding/Campbell – Levitation Shuffle (CF 073)
Altoist Wally Shoup leads an adventurous quartet through seven group free improvisations on The Leviation Shuffle. The music is consistently passionate and intense yet each piece seems to have a point and avoids meandering or overstaying its welcome. The interplay between the musicians, particularly of bassist Reuben Radding and drummer Greg Campbell, is impressive. There is enough mood variation and shifting of dominant ideas to keep this CD of strong interest throughout. Suffice it to say that the very spontaneous music is as colorful as the songtitles and the four players bring out the best in each other.