2017 is proving to be something of a breakout year for alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella. He recently released Signaling, a superb freely-improvised duo recording with cellist Tomeka Reid, and now he’s followed it up with this excellent outing from the Meridian Trio, where he is joined by his colleagues Matt Ulery on bass and Jeremy Cunningham on drums. Whereas on Signaling we are given a glimpse of Mazzarella’s substantial prowess as a sympathetic partner in an unstructured context, here the emphasis is on Mazzarella’s strong compositions and tight-as-a-drum collaboration within a Chicago-based trio that has been working together since 2014.

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