A fine post-bop pianist based in the tradition, but with ears open to Cecil Taylor, Uli Lenz (who was born in Germany) is heard in excellent form on this live trio date with bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Joe Chambers. Lenz digs into three standards ("Freedom Jazz Dance," "My Foolish Heart," and "Sophisticated Lady") and four challenging originals of his own. A lyrical player with his own sound, Lenz has the ability to play both melodically and quite free at the same time.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow