The instrumental work leaves little to be desired; Laster's solos, though angular and highly fragmented, are clich´-free and logically assembled. Robertson's a major if unsung musician, whose work comes out of the tradition of Lester Bowie and Don Cherry; he's also known for his extended techniques and the unusual timbres he produces. Here he plays in a somewhat more orthodox but still impressive manner, as he concentrates on improvising substantive lines instead of unique sonorities. One of the top contemporary bassists, Gress isn't flashy, but has excellent technique. He's a supportive accompanist and a tasteful and musical soloist. Rainey is versatile, adapting his work to Laster's varied compositions. Laster's group does an exemplary job, individually and collectively, exhibiting originality, inventiveness, and emotional involvement. If only there were more of an audience for this type of music.