On the frenetic opener, "Oh, That Butterfly!" there's are coruscating solos from Eric Marienthal, Gary Husband and guitarist Mike Miller. All the while Ersan evinces an electrifyingly pulsating bass line keenly accompanied by Weckl on dynamic drums. Following Marienthal's rumbustious sax solo, Dean Brown lays down some breathtaking guitar work on the boisterous "Mysterious Maze."
On "L.A.," Ersan's lithe bass guitar can be heard effectively playing both a rhythm and lead part simultaneously. Weaving in and out of the ensemble passages, Ersan proves that his bass work is nothing short of spectacular. On "Rooms" the bassist introduces the number with a short solo passage rich in glissandi. There's another muscular saxophone solo from Marienthal, too, plus a deft keyboard excursion from Husband.
The multi-layered "Rise Up" features a stand-out violin performance from Karen Briggs. She also features on the short pastoral closing number "Sacred Solace," which cannily utilises two vocalists in sublime multi-layered contrapuntal interaction. Ersan reveals in his sleeve notes that this was a last-minute addition, dedicated to his late father who passed away days before the album was finalised. It's an outlier to be sure, however, it's nonetheless an exceptionally elegant track. Ersan is not merely a virtuosic bassist; he's also a highly imaginative and skilled composer as evidenced here by these seven first rate, frequently labyrinthine but always riveting, tunes.
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