There’s a magical element that permeates throughout this session recorded in Chicago at an intimate space known as "Empty Bottle." On this date, Rob Mazurek uses a cornet and laptop electronics to great effect, as he blasts fleeting lines atop asymmetrical rhythms. Contrasts abound as Mazurek improvises atop the pulsating bottom-end provided by bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Dylan van der Schyff. Sure, it’s all about freedom of thought and execution, but it doesn’t take long to discern that the musicians made all the right moves here. The intrinsic communication is founded upon playful exchanges topped off with off-kilter diversions, subtle EFX and frenzied thematic developments. It’s a free jazz power trio, yet the force is nicely channeled into a current of winding ebbs and flows. In addition, van der Schyff puts on a clinic and it’s quite amazing what this man can do with a scaled down drum-kit, cymbals and small percussion instruments. During a good portion of these movements he displays his musicality via delicate shadings, and thrusting polyrhythms. No wonder he’s become a first call drummer for trumpeter Dave Douglas, clarinetist Francois Houle and many others. At times, the band delves into eerie moments of quietude while gravitating towards cyclonic re-engineering processes and throbbing pulses. Superb!