Old master Andy Sheppard is known from the ranks of the upscale British fusion jazz of the eighties and nineties. His greatest moments so far were probably at the side of Carla Bley and Steve Swallow. For three years he hasn't made an album of his own, a gigantic time-out by jazz standards. But he needed this retreat to reinvent himself. With two musicians who come from completely different musical biotopes, he now succeeds in creating a unique trio album full of fateful depth and creative blur. The French bassist Michel Benita is mainly known by the jazz aristocrats Palatino, while drummer Seb Rochford has made a name for himself in the London punk jazz bands Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear. Bass and drums work together like a bass flute, whose deep breathing lies around the soft lines of the saxophone. A tremendously human soul music.