With her latest ECM Records effort, pianist/composer Marilyn Crispell’s craft truly parallels the mindset and mood, suggested by the album title, where vivid imagery sparkles radiantly. Bassist Mark Helias takes over for Gary Peacock here, while Paul Motian’s presence once again reemphasizes his importance to Ms Crispell’s ruminations. Ultimately, the music is characterized by semblances of flotation like qualities. On pieces such as "Flight of the Bluejay," the pianist alternates a hauntingly beautiful melody with free-form like flurries amid her associates’ oscillating metrics. Overall, this album rings a bit like a Bill Evans-ish dreamscape, coupled with open-ended, improvisation and a distinct touch of ambiance.
Ms Crispell’s mode of operating within the traditional jazz piano trio, format is interestingly left-of-center. However, the respective artists’ outwardly share a self-regulating plan of action via intuitive phrasings and superior technical artisanship. Nonetheless, this superb outing marks yet another milestone in Ms Crispell’s extensive recorded legacy. (Zealously recommended.... )