This CD is a collection of beautiful trio improvisations from some of the best in the biz. Barry Guy has composed for orchestras & wailed free with Evan Parker & Marilyn Crispell, Robert Dick has played with John Zorn, in the New Winds collective (with Herb Robertson & Ned Rothenberg) and recorded a tribute to Jimi Hendrix album and multi-instrumentalist Randy Raine-Reusch has played with "classical" avant-giants John Cage & Pauline Oliveros. Together, these cats bring together the seemingly disparate worlds of jazz, free improv & the folk musics of the Middle East & Asia. This is not "jazz" in the melody/solos/melody sense - this is music that continues the tradition of exploration, similar in essence to the works of Don Cherry, Collin Walcott, Tony Scott, Butch Morris & the Cherry/Walcott/Vasconcelos group Codona.
The sounds here shimmer, like an almost-forgotten dream or a lake's surface as it's moved by a gentle breeze. "Ideareal History" features RRR's zither as it circles the globe, from the mountains of China to the hills of Kentucky. "Finnfinnotus" recalls the jazz-influenced trance music of Terry Riley - here, Dick's flute has the guts of jazz, the pure tone of classical music and the warmth of some guy playing flute for himself on some mountain in Nepal. Four stars - let these fellows take you around the world - and inside yourself - in 74 minutes.