Inside Out In The Open is an examination of free improvised music, as described by the musicians themselves, and only by the musicians. The men and women include the first generation: Marion Brown, Baikida Carroll, Burton Greene, Joseph Jarman, Roswell Rudd, Alan Silva and John Tchicai. They were present in the early 1960s, along with others like John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and so many more. The music was called the New Thing, and the creative energies emerged out of New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, and elsewhere in the United States, Europe, and later Japan and elsewhere.

The second generation of musicians from the 1970's, who were energized by this music include: Daniel Carter and William Parker. And a newer generation that came to being in the late 80s and early 90s: represented by Susie Ibarra and Matt Shipp.

They speak about their influences, thoughts about performance, playing collectively and ideas about sound.

Each one of these musicians has created a wide body of work with many other musicians. To truly appreciate this diversity of ideas, simply find examples of their work, and buy their recordings. It's all about emotion and harmony and rhythm and collective improvisation. Music for thinking and for being.