From Norway, Seim, on trumpet, works here with Arild Hoem, saxophone, Dag Magnus Narvesen, drums, John Lilja, bass, and Odd Børge Sagland, playing marimba and percussion on half the tracks. Her arrangements give everyone the opportunity to stretch out.
Per the liner notes, Seim cautions that this is not free jazz but is carefully composed, stressing group play. In this chamber jazz format, members converse with each other. A comparison can be made to Jimmy Giuffre’s Tangents in Jazz from the fifties and to its untethered style.
Also, in the CD, instruments are like people thinking and talking, sometimes calmly, other times agitated. The first track, "Palindrom" begins with Seim’s searching trumpet which is then led by Hoem on alto. Soon, slowly and sedately, bass and drums come to the fore. In "Grigue," Hoem’s shrieking alto seems to cry out in angst. By the end, order is restored by a martial cadence.
With "Motion Sickness," the music has a disorienting effect. The players carry on a discordant discourse, resolving the issue and finishing with a confident gait. The whole CD, matter of fact, should perk up both listeners’ interest and challenge their intellect.