Muhal Richard Abrams: Things to Come From Those Now Gone

I have often found the work of Muhal Richard Abrams uneven. The best of it floors me and some of it goes right by, but it is almost always engaging and the musical intelligence and integrity involved are impeccable. Things to Come From Those Now Gone has a lot of variety, from the opening duo between Abrams’ piano and Edwin Daugherty’s flute to a couple of high-energy quintet killers. Abrams’ impressionistic side is in evidence on a few tracks, and it’s this aspect of his music I have grown to appreciate over the years. The differing styles and approaches balance each other convincingly. The one track I don’t care for is the vehicle for singer Ella Jackson, but overall this one ranks with Abrams’ best.