4 disc set on Leo Records documenting the radical, exploratory music coming out of the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Part jazz, part free improve, part modern composition and part wild, playful expression, it drew on many musical sources whilst remaining distinctively Russian in character. Each disc features a particular artist or band. Disc one has Homo Liber, the duo of Yuri Yukechev and Vladimir Tolkachev. Disc 2 is given over to saxophonist and trombonist Vladimir Chekasin's Big Bands. Disc 3 has Tuvan singer Sainkho Namchylak playing in a variety of set-ups, primarily with the trio Tri-O. She also duets with the legendary Sergei Kuryokhin, here in Pop Mechanics guise. Disc 4 has a number of quartet, trio, duo and solo set-ups: The Roof with Andrew Solovyev, Igor Grigoryev and Mikhail Zhukov, Moscow Improvising Trio with Solovyev, Grigoryev and Sergey Busakin, Asphalt with Solovyev, Grigoryev, Zhukov and Dmitry Shumilov, cellist Vladislav Makarov in duos and trios and Andrew Solovyev playing Process for four trumpets. A 27 page booklet with track details, notes and pictures is included. 5 or so hours of remarkable, varied and surprising music.