Berkeley-based clarinetist Ben Goldberg honors the late Steve Lacy on this stark and mysterious recording, named after a line in a Robert Creeley poem. Goldberg’s quintet-part chamber ensemble, part out-jazz band-features fellow Tin Hatter Carla Kihlstedt on violin, Rob Sudduth on tenor sax, Devin Hoff on bass and Ches Smith on drums. The severe atonality of Goldberg’s writing contrasts beautifully with the soothing timbre of his instrument, not to mention the sonorous three-part textures he crafts for himself and his frontline partners. In the interplay between Goldberg and Kihlstedt, one might hear traces of Don Byron and Mark Feldman.
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