The bassist Ben Allison, who is still largely unknown in Europe, is one of the great arrangers of American jazz, who can certainly compete with Gil Evans. On his new album he surrounds himself with two very different guitarists, the bitchy folky adventurer Brandon Seabrook and the relaxed, soft Steve Cardenas, who was last to be found in the company of Carla Bley and Steve Swallow. The rock drummer Allison Miller completes the quartet. The dialogue between the two guitarists, precisely staged by Allison, is the focus of the CD. As on all his albums of the last 15 years, Allison once again plays wonderfully introverted melodies that are refined by the sensitivity of his colleagues. The sound cook serves a spicy mixture of acoustic ambient jazz, subtle jazz rock and pointed Americana.