John Ettinger, a versatile violinist based in the San Francisco Bay area, has in the past played with rock and avant-garde groups so he has a very open style. On Kissinger in Space, he mixes together lyrical melodies with free playing while emphasizing catchy yet unpredictable rhythms, close interplay with tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, and group improvising with quirky themes that take their time to develop. Unfortunately, there are no liner notes to explain the meaning of the intriguing title cut or the other selections, but the music is fairly accessible and concise if full of constant surprises. It takes a few listens to fully appreciate this diverse and colorful music because it follows its own intriguing logic. Recommended.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow