(Clean Feed)

Since the very first minutes of “Elechi – Elegy for Malachi Favors” one can detect the perfect functioning of this combination of gifted musicians, as Spirit Meridian keep a convincingly balanced attitude, playing with devotional fervour yet not devoid of cerebral challenges; the final “Document for Toshinori Kondo” could have been penned by early Curlew, such is the detached independence of the thematic lines. The interaction between the leader’s trumpet and Oliver Lake’s alto sax is extraordinarily coherent, both during their burning blowouts and in its calligraphic beauty; bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Michael T.A.Thompson form an addicting rhythm section whose timbral palette and instrumental dexterity are sapiently captured by a highly skilled recording. The four companions create their own special alchemy without macho postures, their personality already greatly evident throughout the whole record.

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