In a fairly recent interview, Steve Swallow and Carla Bley
were discussing the lack of cliché in Bley’s playing. I kept thinking of that conversation when
listening to this sixth offering from the revitalized Qluster, active in this
incarnation since 2011. Following the
departure of founding member Dieter Moebius in 2010, a new and prolific phase
was inaugurated; Echtzeit is
simultaneously its latest manifestation and a bold departure.