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The Polish ensemble Milosc is something of a super-intelligent instrumental rock band along the lines of American groups like Dr. Nerve or the Ordinaires. It's an excellent band in its way -- influenced by jazz in ways similar to Zappa and Beefheart. High-energy grooves, tonally ambiguous horn lines and improvisations are the order of the day. Tenor saxophonist Maciej Sikala, altoist Mikolaj Trzaska, and pianist Leslaw Mozdzer are all smart and exciting improvisers. Guest star (and album selling point) trumpeter Lester Bowie blows over the top and otherwise muddies up the prepared arrangements in an intermittently annoying fashion, though he does contribute some fine solo work. Milosc doesn't need famous one-shots to make its point, however; the group's well-played and original music speaks for itself.