This trio consists of West African guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke, Swedish-Italian bassist Massimo Biolcati and Hungarian drummer Ferenc Nemeth. The style is a blend of jazz and world music. The trio’s self-titled debut CD received critical acclaim, and with this follow-up disc, the addition of clarinetists Anat Cohen and John Ellis expands the sound. The three have opened for Herbie Hancock, and Lionel Loueke is a regular member of Herbie Hancock’s band in support of the album River: The Joni Letters.
Highlights on this recording are track one: "Twins," composed by Loueke, with earthy, organic vocals and lively, engaging accompaniment; track two, composed by Nemeth, "Question of Perspective" has a catchy melody and upbeat, happy rhythm and airy vocals. Drums are solid and driving throughout this tune and guitar plucks away in time with the vocals; track four "Salome," composed by Biolcati starts off with deep, moody bass and edgy guitar with simmering percussion. The momentum here builds with clarinets voicing the tune’s sultry, passionate tale and drifts off softly at the close. Also of note are track nine, "One Mind’s Eye," a soft, contemplative piece which features Anat Cohen on clarinet, and track ten, "Master of the Obvious," an energetic, bouncing and chattery tune featuring John Ellis on bass clarinet and ocarina.
Nicely composed and cleanly executed, this disc offers a good collection of world/jazz with an intelligent, contemporary tone.