The angular compositions on Kim Bock’s second CD give his chordless quartet a broad, malleable space to play in. In a running dialogue, the Danish saxophonist and trumpeter David Smith sketch out structures in long arcs and then combine for piercing echoes or delicate counterpoint. The uptempo numbers gush, with drummer Peter Retzlaff agitating the rhythm into choppy waves while bassist Adam Armstrong creates swirls and eddies around him. On slower pieces, the band’s relaxed interplay gives the music a gentle, thoughtful pulse.
Forrest Dylan Bryant