This release features ten studio-recorded works and one live track culled from the band's gig at the Tremont Theatre in Boston, MA. Unfortunately, this outing also signifies one of German bassist Peter Kowald's final recordings, due to his untimely passing on Saturday, September 21, 2002, in New York City. Needless to say, this record serves as yet another testament to his extraordinary abilities and keen insight into the modern jazz, free improvisational arena, as his meticulously constructed, booming bass patterns provide the anchor for this multifaceted quartet. Here, violinist Jonathan LaMaster's staccato lines and homogenous blend of rasping, free-form accents complement reedman/trumpeter Daniel Carter's blustery exhortations. The musicians render a steady concentration of power and controlled urgency, while generally gaining momentum throughout this superb affair. They incorporate brooding movements with delicately constructed lyricism and blustery rhythmic endeavors with a mantra-like focus. Through it all, the artists render a cross section of ethereal motifs and fiery improvising amid elements of good cheer and optimism. A strong effort indeed.
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AllMusic Review by Glenn Astarita