ECM records hit a bit of a purple patch in the mid to late '70's, putting out an embarrassment of riches that other companies could only stand and gawp at in wonder.
This album is a shining example among them and a perfect reflection of what the label was about. Is it Jazz ? Is it Chamber Music ? Is it improvised Electric Rock ? The whole point was surely, that it was all of these things and none of them at once.
There's a good contrast of moods and tempos on this album, from the long opening track that sneaks up behind you and builds with fantastic momentum to the track with Jack de Johnette at the piano trading the gentlest of motifs with Abercrombie's lilting guitar. All points between feature beautifully phrased playing from Dave Holland and De Johnette's drumming is ceaselessly inventive.
All immaculately recorded, naturlich !