Released on December 29, 2014, "Sunsum" is the latest release from Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble. It was recorded on July 7th, 2014 at the San Clemente Soto Cultural Center in New York as part of the Evolving Music Series of Arts of Art. It is the group's 8th album and features Bill Cole (didgeridoo, Korean piri, East Indian shehnai, East Indian nadaswaram, Chinese suona), Warren Smith (percussion), Joseph Daley (euphonium, tuba & percussion), Lisette Santiago (hand drums & Percussion), Ras Moshe (tenor saxophone, flute & percussion), and Gerald Veasley (bass guitar).
“This can be challenging music for some audiences, for some of the same reasons it is so rewarding: unusual instrumentation, focus on improvisation and the mastery of the players, which allows them an infinite freedom of expression. At once profound and accessible, this music rewards those who listen openly.”
— Anders Griffen, The New York City Jazz Record
“Listen to Bill Cole—no matter what reed instrument he is playing—and you will never be the same again.”
“Named best pick for improvised jazz in 155th issue...If you are truly a fan of improv, you won’t be able to do without this one in your collection… Bill’s work with wind instruments is unparalleled in today’s jazz world, & you owe it to yourself to have a listen.”
— Dick Metacalf, RotcodZzaj.com
“I have caught (perhaps a half dozen) different versions of the Untempered Ensemble through the years and have always been knocked out by each & every performance. Same for this one.... All of the music here has a joyous, uplifting vibe which is consistently enchanting. This disc is nearly an hour long and a transcendent aura pervades throughout.”
— Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery