This is a welcome Vocalion CD re-release, of a little-known album originally recorded in 1971. Here, award-winning composer and cellist, Paul Buckmaster, digs into the rich and rewarding vein of early 70s British jazz-rock, with added classical influences, very much making this a three-way crossover project. I would sum up the music as Keith Tippett meets Michael Tippett, with added touches of contemporary `Soft Machine' and `Nucleus'. In fact, the line-up name-checks then Nucleus members, Ian Carr, Brian Smith and John Marshall, as well as a large consignment of string players. `The Chitinous Ensemble' will give you brief free-form passages, segueing into written sequences with a Fender Rhodes groove plus jazz solos, followed by dark introspective string sections and then some nice ensemble brass playing. All in all, this is a very satisfying album, very much of its time but without sounding too dated. Shortly after this project, Paul Buckmaster went on to play in the arty prog-rock group, `Third Ear Band', together with future Hawkwind member, Simon House. If you like all the comparative music mentioned hear, then you will definitely love `Chitinous'.