(Cadence Jazz Records)

Bassist Michael Bisio, helped by Rob Blakeslee (brass) and Greg Campbell (percussion, French horn) represents one of the “traits d’union” between freedom and scheme in modern jazz. His music possesses that leading edge quickening the separation from stereotypes and gossip-like hyper-technical passages; on the contrary, his trio organizes ideas and intuitiveness with the same deadpan rigour of a small chamber orchestra, honouring their influences yet saluting new sights whenever they materialize. Extremely mindful of his performing strength, Bisio alternates his fingering sapience with cascades of royal arcoing, while his companions join the discourse lessening tensions and building intelligent examples of precise sound equipartition. Easy music it ain’t; just listen without preconceptions and enjoy the rewards.