The cellist rises in the middle of a song and starts heckling his own ensemble. The pianist plays a solo entirely with one finger. The drummer wanders into the audience, playing on chairs, and then meanders toward the bar, where he plays the glasses in patrons' hands. On a really rambunctious night, he tries to saw the stage in half (keeping impeccable time in the process, of course). Welcome to the world of the ICP (Instant Composers' Pool, not Insane Clown Posse) Orchestra, the Amsterdam-based nonet whose lineup includes some of the most distinguished players in European jazz. This mini-orchestra, which started as a trio, renders audiences slack-jawed with antics like these while creating some of the most inspired, eclectic, and listenable music in the free-jazz canon--and they've been doing it for an... More >>>