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While Marilyn Crispell and Gary Peacock have worked together on numerous occasions, neither had played with Richard Poole before he initiated this recording session. A versatile drummer, with a CV that includes stints with a variety of artists from Paul Bley to Bob Hope (!), Poole proves a sensitive colleague here, especially effective when discreetly colouring the soulful piano-bass dialogues that are the CD’s main attraction. Except for Peacock’s catchy Gary’s Theme, the pieces are all improvised, albeit with some minimal prior discussion, so the tantalising Isle of Nowhere resulted, says Crispell, from the idea of playing a ‘ballad gone bad’. I like the good ballads too, especially Ahzân, Blue Streets Up and Down and the flowing Serakunda, all enhanced by Crispell’s typically sure placing of her lyrical filigree.

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