Recorded at a Brooklyn N.Y., studio, these artists conjure up a kaleidoscopic viewpoint within jazz-based improvisational environs. However, pianist Nobu Stowe offers more in the way of subliminal harmonic concepts and tangible melody lines than many would anticipate during outings of this ilk. Rooted within the freer side of matters, the trio pursues gradually ascending theme building episodes via cat and mouse dialogues, and discombobulated dreamscapes.
Stowe’s swirling arpeggios and oscillating chord progressions serve as a near perfect foil for reedman Blaise Siwula’s fractured and largely, soaring lines. Meanwhile, drummer Ray Sage’s asymmetrical drumming looms as an additional voice; therefore, it’s a democratic meeting of like-minded individuals who reside on the same musical plane. With tension/release statements, often enamored by Siwula’s wonderful vibrato-drenched technique, they lash out into forays that elicit notions of managed chaos.
Stowe occasionally tosses curves into the mix by altering the flows with an avant-classical edge, which is an element that surfaces on "Part III." And at times, the musicians sweeten the pot with cleverly improvised melodic intervals. On "Part IV," the trio generates a rising tide, accentuated by Siwula’s plaintive cries and Stowe’s hammering progressions. As they stretch it to the limit, where Sage pushes and prods the soloists with manic fury. Simply stated, there’s a lot to sink your ears into here as the band’s intuitive exchanges offer a sprightly set of parameters often built upon expansion and contraction practices. Hence, the core element of improvisation looms rather mightily throughout this irrefutably compelling release.