A great return to form for Alan Sondheim – returning to the ESP
label, where he'd cut some famous material in the 60s – seeming here as if he hasn't lost any of his creative fire or imagination at all! The album's a trio set – with Sondheim playing an insane range of instruments – including chromatic harmonica, cura, chichak, Saz, classical guitar, flute, sarangi, cura cumbas, and lots of other elements from global sources – which are used to improvise freely alongside reed players Christopher Diasparra on tenor and baritone, and Edward Schneider on alto. The odd mix of strings with sharp, soulful saxophone lines really recalls an old school ESP
flavor from the 60s – and titles include "Helium", "Carbon", "Argon", "Neon", "Xenon", "Iridium", "Cobalt", and "Nitrogen".