:: Pierre Favre – Samuel Blaser

Favre brings an endless richness of timbre to the music, including bell-like tones on the closing title track, beautifully hollow and high-pitched toms on “Inextricable,” and a huge yet softly blanketing kick drum sound on “Franchement!” (“honestly!”) and “Babel I.”

The nine tracks slink in and out of tempo and Blaser plays a largely melodic improvising role, although the tables are turned on “We Tried” when the horn almost becomes a rhythm section, riffing steadily on two notes while Favre assumes the role of soloist.

There’s nothing else like it on the record, or for that matter on Pieces of Old Sky. But such is Blaser’s ability to cover all bases and continually adapt.