Recorded in Germany for a German label, this CD features the Winnipeg, Canada-based marimba and vibraphonist Stefan Bauer. With assistance from tenor-saxophonist Matthias Nadolny (whose odd tone takes a bit of getting used to), bassist Tim Wells and drummer Thomas Alkier, Bauer performs 11 group originals, quirky music that builds on the hard bop idiom by throwing in some unexpected twists. His style (particularly on marimba) recalls Bobby Hutcherson in his early inside/outside days and although the material is mostly pretty moody (with "Jo Ann" and the adventurous "Mondnacht" being highlights), the humorous "Peter's Joke" (which is really "I Got Rhythm" with some Monkish quotes) and a few hyper pieces give the date some variety.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow