This set, which mostly features post-bop originals along with a few free improvisations, is unusual in a couple different ways. Instead of featuring a saxophone in a pianoless trio, clarinetist Darryl Harper is in the spotlight much of the time. And instead of the emphasis being on sound explorations, the trio actually sounds pretty mellow even when it is at its most explorative. Harper has a quiet sound and his improvisations tend to be lyrical, melodic in their own way. With bassist Matthew Parris and drummer Butch Reed not just following Harper closely but sometimes taking the lead, the music of Onus is endlessly intriguing and well worth hearing.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow