Guitarist John Abercrombie
was one of the stars of ECM in its early days. His playing on this trio set with bassist Dave Holland
and drummer Jack DeJohnette
is really beyond any simple categorization. Abercrombie's
improvisations are sophisticated yet, because his sound is rockish and sometimes quite intense (particularly on the nearly 11-minute "Sorcery 1"), there is really no stylistic name for the music. Holland
contributed four of the six originals while DeJohnette
brought in the other two (one of which was co-written with Abercrombie
). The interplay between the three musicians is quite impressive although listeners might find some of the music to be quite unsettling. It takes several listens for one to digest all that is going on, but it is worth the struggle.