Dusan Bogdanovic and Miroslav Tadic, Rivers of Life, Rivers of Death (Reke života, reke smrti), recorded in 2003 in San Francisco. Being entirely improvised without any preparation whatsoever, this music could not have happened in any other combination or circumstance. Photo by El Gvojos.
Back in the 1960s, inspired by the improvisational group that the entirely underrated composer Lukas Foss had started, I and several friends got together to see what we could come up with if we tried out some of his ideas. I'd asked two friends who had a lot of experience with improvisation, a jazz trumpet player and trombonist, the idea was that they could help us more classically trained musicians to learn how to improvise though not specifically as jazz. All of us were young and very green and I, at any rate, was too fixed in my classical training to get very far. The project didn't last more than five sessions. I wonder if we'd broken up into duos if it might have worked better.