by Michael J. West, JazzTimes

The title of alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius’ sixth album has both a poetic and a mysterious ring to it. The mystery part, at least, doesn’t pan out on Acadia: Way of the Cairns. The album’s conception is thoughtful, ambitious, and straight-ahead, played by Cornelius with pianist Kristjan Randalu, bassist Michael Janisch, and drummer Paul Wiltgen (four-fifths of the TransAtlantic Collective, Cornelius’ touring band in the late 2000s). Its overall tone is consistently joyful.

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