Richie Beirach's well-programmed set begins with an intense reworking of Miles Davis' "Nardis." The introductory rhythm vamp, through its numerous reappearances, functions as an idee fixe, thereby allowing Beirach to fragment the tune's melodic and harmonic components so that space and the piano's overtonal timbres interact (along with melody and harmony) as co-equal musical elements. Dave Liebman's "Places" was a poignant solo essay capturing echoes and images of bittersweet remembrances. Throughout, Beirach was ably assisted by the excellent musicianship of his colleagues from Lookout Farm, bassist Frank Tusa and percussionist Jeff Williams.
by Chuck Berg