The Italian modern jazz quartet’s latest adventure is somewhat contemplative in scope, perhaps more so than its previous effort. The musicians’ serious-minded, loose groove line of attack is a blend of mainstream and free-form style jazz. However, their overall mode of execution includes a happy medium consisting of zealous interplay and quiet interludes. Saxophonist Nicola Fazzini possesses a breezy tone, whether performing on soprano or alto, while guitarist Dario Volpi’s darkly hued lines might spur notions of Pat Metheny.
The band kicks it into overdrive in spots, as they implement a sequence of probing themes in concert with military-like march beats and cyclical, odd-metered rhythms. At various points, the group can lull the listener into a trance, via subtly climactic choruses and fluidly articulated passages. Consequently, it might be analogous to a good boxer, who will beat his opponent with calculated jabs and counter-punching. But, here the band lacks the knockout blow.