In this stunning solo piano session, Peter Madsen draws from a vast array of compositions by other jazz pianists, ranging from bop to post-bop, African jazz, and avant-garde jazz. Though seasoned jazz collectors may be unfamiliar with many of these works, Madsen's provocative interpretations are very stimulating and will invite comparisons to the original recordings. The little-known Hasaan Ibn Ali wrote "Three-Four vs. Six-Eight Four-Four Ways," a playful number that sounds like a Scottish jig blended with avant-garde and hard bop. Madsen is up to the challenge of Muhal Richard Abrams' "Bird Song," which involves plucking and strumming the piano strings, producing a tense, mysterious setting. The pianist transforms Dick Twardzik's "The Girl from Greenland" from a jaunty midtempo bop vehicle into a spacious
avant-garde arrangement incorporating a lot of lightening runs. His treatments of the music of Mal Waldron, Andrew Hill, Herbie Nichols, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, and Lennie Tristano also merit high praise.