Here is yet another excursion into all original music. The pianoless quartet here is under the leadership of drummer Mark Lockett. On nine examples of intricacy and explorative improvisation, Lockett creates these works with David Binney, saxophone, Duane Eubanks, trumpet, and Matt Penman, bass. Melody lines, if any, seem to rapidly disappear into lengthy and often highly impressive solo statements from all players. In all of its creativity and intensity, this isn’t exactly directed to a less initiated jazz audience. Having said that, this group is very good at what it is they do. I for one found it to be fresh and invigorating, albeit about as “out” as my ears will allow.
Thick Records; 2022; appx. 42 min.