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The playing of the three musicians (pianist Vijay Iyer, saxophonist Steve Lehman, and drummer Elliot Humberto Kavee) is on a high level and their 11 performances (all originals by one of the players) are each concise. But the problem with this set is that the end results are quite dull. While the musicians play off each other well, their interaction lacks much development and the results are disappointing. No fireworks occur, the originals are forgettable, and the magic that is necessary to make this type of advanced jazz project a success is lacking. Chalk it down to an off day.

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