What makes this album all the more impressive is the fact that they didn’t have to rely on standards to do it. Not that there’s anything wrong with standards. The individual interpretation of standards is one of the aspects of jazz that makes it such great music. But it’s always nice to see a group of musicians that are not only great players, but great composers as well. Each of the ten songs on this recording was written by a member of the group - four by Giberson, four by Leonard and two by Doggett - and they’re all fantastic. From the locomotive pulse of "Fine Line" to the poignant sway of "The Start and the End", from the funky groove of "Funzies" to the gospel-inspired "Up And Away," they continually surprise yet never stray far from the classic, straight-ahead jazz trio style.
Comparisons to the trios of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett are inevitable, and justly deserved (that’s meant as a compliment - not a complaint). But be that as it might, ULT has nonetheless still managed to record a CD that sounds very personal and uniquely theirs. Their ability to support each other as a trio while constantly improvising and ‘doing their own thing’ is a joy to behold. This is an album that I whole-heartedly recommend, and I eagerly look forward to their next release.