This is a very interesting album; the first of Jarrett's self-composed classical/new-age work. Whilst Jarrett doesn't actually play, the musical landscapes he creates with the stings sets up a conflict with Jan's saxaphone improvisation. Jan plays with, against and inbetween the landscapes in what results as a very cerebral and contemplative effort on behalf of all parties. The three selections range from the sorrowful to downright angry and occasionally show some glimpses of happy major; throughout, however, this album is searching, dark and dreary (albeit doing a wonderful job of being dark and dreary). The soundscapes created seem alien and oblique, punctuated by Jan's equally crystalline, stark tone and contemporary improvistations. If you are a fan of Jarrett and have his more articulated orchestral works, such as Arbour Zena, Celestial Hawk or Bridge of Light, give this one a try. If you are new to Jarrett and/or his orchestral/classical works, try one of the afformentioned before biting in to this one. As far as Jan Garbarek's improvisations go, they aren't his absolute best (Officium, a Garbarek/Hillard Ensemble release, is his best improvisation over classical meanderings), but - as usual - are very original, inspired, and often lift the accompanying strings from musical adequacy into greatness. This is not Jazz; its not really classical music either. It's experimental, and though not completely succesful, it does provide for a good listen and a good think.