's group probably isn't hurting for trio work, DeJohnette seems to have stumbled into a setting that highlights his tour-de-force stick work better than any record in quite some time. He provides elastic swing when placed in a bright blues-inflected setting (Joe Henderson
's "Tetragon"), lights an up-tempo fire beneath the band on "Rebellious Contemplation," explores open-ended constructs with Perdomo ("Unified Path I" and "Unified Path II"), and deals with metric shape- shifting on "Above The Storm."
DeJohnette's drumming serves as the engine that powers this trio and Gress is the bonding agent and balancing force that helps the group to gel, but Perdomo is the compass that leads them to their various destinations. He's capable of crafting pianistic paranoia as he doles out angular lines above arcing arpeggiated patterns ("Gene's Crown"), delivers Thelonious Monk
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