A fabulous new CD (her second double disc this year), a virtuosic pianist with an all-star line-up, including Chris Potter on sax. What I really enjoyed was the complex interplay on every track. Out front solos are occasionally taken, but the musicians are all soloing together at the same time and the interplay creates new music. Fans of ECM will especially tune into this.
If You Like: Eberhard Weber, Ralph Towner, John Abercrombie, Jan Garbarek.
Review (Favorites denoted by*):
(DISC 1) *1/ In The Shadow Of A Cloud (6:58) – sax drone starts> slow tempo jam swings to midtempo> sax solo over wild jam> slows to fade 2/ Saratovsky Bridge (5:12) – drums start> midtempo jam> quick fade 3/ Fishing Village (5:43) – piano starts> slow tempo jam builds to midtempo> piano solo> sa solo> fade *4/ Waters of Tsna River (8:54) – bass starts> midtempo jam> guitar solo>flute solo> slow fade 5/ Acorn Figurines (7:13) – piano starts> slow tempo jam> guitar solo> bowed bass solo> piano solo> slow fade *6/ heavy piano chords start> swinging uptempo jam> sax solo> piano solo> guitar solo> quick fade & a note 7/ Hammock Stories (7:14) – piano starts> midtempo jam> sax solo> guitar solo> quick stop (DISC 2 review inside jacket.
(DISC 2) 8/ Picnic In The Oaks (5:43) – piano starts> midtempo jam> piano solo> drum solo> quick fade *9/ Waltz Of The Yellow Petals (6:09) -piano starts> slow tempo jam> guitar solo> sax solo> piano solo> midtempo jam> slow fade *10/ Trail Along The River (6:35) – guitar starts> midtempo jam> piano solo> guitar solo> piano/guitar interplay> quick stop 11/ Lament (5:32) – bass starts> slow tempo jam> guitar solo> sax solo> slow fade 12/ Vision Of a Hunt (6:49) – piano starts> midtempo jam> piano solo> swinging sax solo> guitar solo> uptempo jam> slow fade *13/ The Fog (7:50) – bass solo> sax solo> piano solo> soaring sax solo> fade *14/ Tambov Streets On A Summer Night (8:35) – piano starts> slow tempo jam> sax solo> piano solo> gorgeous sax solo swings midtempo > guitar solo> slows to fade.