Oldnslow | Seattle, Washington USA | 01/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent follow up to Burrell's "Expansion" CD, which was a kind of come back for this illusive pianist. Superb interplay with the rhythm section, and Burrell's interesting compositions make for rewarding listening. Very cliche free modern approach with a touch of Monk/Cecil Taylor, yet still melodic. Highly recommended."
Walk with me
Case Quarter | CT USA | 07/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"i'm familiar with burrell from quite a few archie shepp outings. this is the first time i've heard him as a leader, and in a trio setting. the recording, as such, doesn't achieve momentum, what it does is maintain momentum throughout all the tracks. when i first listened to the recording, the word that came to mind was lumbering, which doesn't exactly hit the mark with what burrell and formanek and guillermo e. brown do-and it is the double bass that makes the difference.
this isn't frenetic avant garde of the 60s. it's toned down much. the trio moves along steadily with burrell pondering... kind of abstractions. this is deliberating music that moves in a way that allows the listener to be a listener, which is an achievement initself.
what i want to say, without getting excited, is that burrell has his own style, a style i haven't heard before, not even by burrell himself when he played with shepp, and burrell's pondering style walking in lumbering fashion within this trio setting makes this a cd worth hearing."