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Charles Lester Music is an independent recording label
dedicated to the documentation and dissemination of music
composed entirely "in the moment." We are committed
to strengthening and expanding the uncompromised and uninhibited
expression of purely improvised music without concern for
the dictates and whims of commercialism. Our music captures,
represents, and celebrates the truthfulness inherent to
the creative process of collectively improvised music. We
desire to enrich the listener's experience, while affirming
the courage, determination, and the transcendent expressiveness
of the musicians.
All of our music is always recorded on a single take, and
never edited or altered so that it fully expresses the genuineness
and sincerity of the musicians' creative self expression.
We strive for the highest quality of sound replication,
but are more concerned with capturing the energy and emotion
of the recording session or performance. The musicians who
create this music do not bring a predetermined structure
or set of ideas to what they create together. Rather, they
rely on their ears, their hearts and intuition to sketch
and guide each composition.
Our hope is that our music will contribute to breaking down
preconceptions and conventional notions about the nature
of music, actively engage listeners, and expand the concept
of what contemporary music can become.
All of our CDs are described on the "CD" page
together with various published reviews they have received.
The "Listen" page provides samples of tracks from
each CD. Our "Buy" page will direct you to different
internet sites where our CDs can be purchased, as well as
other interesting music sites.
Keep checking back for new releases.