The piano-bass duo offers so many possibilities for creative expression, and this recording takes full advantage of them. Pianist Barb Wagner performs with a studied, disciplined approach, which every now and then erupts with great passion. Her partner, Daniel Studer, is a brilliant acoustic bassist, who falls into that small group of colleagues who combine a modern classical music aesthetic with free improvisatory technique. The results fascinate: scratches, rapid-fire excursions, plunges into new territories, and stunning collages of sound. There are occasional lapses, but the 11 pieces each explore different aspects of musical relationships in a way that should satisfy most adventurous listeners. There is less emphasis on technique than on the overall effect, which is as it should be. Wagner appears a bit subservient to Studer at times, perhaps not completely surprising considering his enormous talents. The pianist, though, shows considerable promise, and her eclectic approach shows the seeds of consistent originality.
AllMusic Review by Steve Loewy