Duets & Solos: Volume II (2001)


"Bill Cole and the Untempered Ensemble: Duets and Solos Vol. I & II" are an engaging set of intimate improvisations from some of the most notable legends in free jazz. The recordings bear witness to musical relationships, decades in the making, between Bill Cole and his masterful collaborators in the Untempered Ensemble: William Parker, Warren Smith, Joseph Daley, Cooper Moore, and Sam Furnace.


Cole goes beyond the traditional expectations of the instruments just as his partners do, and the sound combinations of such diverse instruments being played with so much attention and taste do not fail to please. Sometimes one can practically hear the musicians thinking as they build their phrases around each other; if you are looking for background sound, go somewhere else.”

— Eugene Chadbourne, All Music