Despite the fact that acoustic bassist Michael Bisio’s bridge and sound post (unexpectedly) buckled off his bass during the end of "Zephyr," this date effectively captures the quartet’s flexibility and synergy. Stephen Gauci performs solely on tenor sax while his foil, Avram Fefer wields an arsenal of woodwinds during this session. And the frontline mixes it up rather nicely amid gobs of contrasts, contrapuntal exchanges and weaving improvisational methodologies. Otherwise, Bisio is a strong leader, who affords his band-mates room to move, but his projects also parley a focused sense of direction, regardless of the overall scope and instrumentation.
The reedman often mimic each other through various registers as Bisio and drummer Jay Rosen lay down a fluid bottom end, with brooding rhythmic parameters and various shifts in tempo. Besides three duo works featuring Bisio performing with Rosen or Fefer, the musicians execute through a pecking order, via call and response movements, and soaring dialogues. The quartet works within a free form mode of attack to counteract areas where they surge onward with a 60s West Coast cool type demeanor. The duo sessions are generally exploratory and close-knit, whereas the band’s preponderance of ideas is segmented among sublime passages and high-strung free-bop structures.