The sophomore effort by this stellar trio strikes a nice balance between the discursiveness of its debut and the concision of its follow-up. The material is first-rate, with each member contributing a piece; the other compositions are choice cuts by Andrew Hill, Bobby Bradford, John Carter, and the lesser-known Adegoke Steve Colson. With the quality of the material so consistently high, it is difficult to pick a standout track, but Reggie Workman's epic "Suite Tristan" could be a candidate, as it encompasses all the qualities displayed throughout the recording. Bookended by Oliver Lake's flute excursions, the composition develops organically before reaching a plateau and shaping a beautiful melody, which gives Lake the opportunity to twirl around. It also showcases the bassist's majestic sound and his ability to either play as a walking bass or contribute ideas. The overall experience is enhanced by Andrew Cyrille's performance, which, however, does not take anything away from his partners. Cyrille's light but assured touch is a real treat. His brush work is outstanding and he constantly unearths treasures of rhythmic invention using all the possibilities offered by his drum kit. This recording is one of the best testimonies to Cyrille's art as well as a major statement by three great and inspired musicians at the peak of their powers.
by Alain Drouot