This newly issued recording signifies material covered during two performances, at separate venues in France. The multinational quartet features prominent improvisers, American violinist Mat Maneri and bassist Joelle Leandre. While Joel Ryan’s computer-based electronics maneuvers looms as a rather effective contribution to the overall scope of this program. To that end, drummer Christophe Marguet provides the somewhat asymmetrical rhythmic foundation throughout these eight abstract works.
During a few interludes, Ryan cleverly mimics and shadows the organic sounds of his cohorts; therefore, his stylizations provide an interesting facet to a good portion of this collaboration. Essentially, the band minces a free form approach, garnished with micro-motifs, supple exchanges and a contrasting mode of attack. On various movements, the soloists dismantle the quartet into sub-groups, amid personalized dialogues. In addition, Leandre and Maneri periodically work through oddly shaped tension and release grooves. Occasionally, the music is founded upon a peek-a-boo type methodology via brief rests between measures and extended soloing opportunities. There’s a lot to like throughout the preponderance of this outing via a succession of modulating dynamics, weaving textures of sound and other stylistic attributes. (Recommended.... )