Yes. Good. Anyone familiar with the work of Arthur Russell will have found themselves thinking ‘ooh, that’s a nice bit of trombone, wonder who’s responsible for it’. The answer is Peter Zummo, Russell’s friend and an extremely important figure in the late-20th Century musical landscape. 1985’s Zummo With An X, made with an ensemble that included Russell on cello and voice, is a fine summation of Zummo’s oeuvre. The combination of free jazz techniques, new age aesthetics and (post-)minimalist compositional practice can be compared to Midori Takada. Now Zummo With An X is reissued for the first time by Optimo.