This self-produced double CD by bassist Vattel Cherry is a mixed bag, featuring an entirely different trio on each CD. Unfortunately, the amateur packaging (the discs continually fall out) and less-than-stellar sound deter somewhat from the overall experience. At the time of this release (there is no recording date listed), the versatile and talented bassist was a fixture in the Baltimore-Washington scene, able to attract the best of the locals to his groups. The second trio, with Cherry's sister, violinist Nicole Cherry, and local mainstay, woodwind player John Dierker, is clearly the superior group, with some excellent performances all around. The bass clarinet meshes nicely with the strings, creating a freestyle chamber effect that rarely lets up. Highlights include some great dueling between brother and sister, but there is enough depth to keep the surprises coming. The first group is much less interesting, with the bird-like bamboo flute of Ras Chris and the braying of Jackie Blake's flute and saxophone as much a distraction as anything. While the two CDs show two sides of Vattel, it is too bad the second disc was not released separately, as it is a much more compelling document. Still, this one is worth having just for the second disc, which is an important, if not indispensable, addition to Cherry's discography.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Loewy