Multi-reedman Avram Fefer’s brand of modern jazz is founded upon a bouncy verve, cloaked with a distinct comprehension of traditional jazz values. Yet, his quartet pursues jazz music with a sense of intrigue, consisting of shrewdly enacted improvisations and more. It’s partly about the momentum and movement, via an episodic like methodology. Fefer is a skilled technician who possesses a lot of heart and a penchant for adventure. As his skillful band-mates rise to the occasion throughout this rather bubbly outing.
Drummer Jay Rosen uses his cymbals to great effect as a mechanism for coloration and tonal contrasts. Fefer injects bluesy clarinet runs in spots, to complement some downright ferocious soloing endeavors. The piece titled "Brother Ibrahim," features a hybrid calypso-North African ostinato motif, signifying one of the album’s most notable highlights. Here, the quartet interlaces velvety unison lines with understated overtones, featuring a lyrically reverberating cello solo by Tomas Ulrich. Perpetual motion reigns supreme amid a few nicely coordinated variations and temperately dictated flows. (Strongly recommended.... )