A fine quartet outing from Tortoise's Jeff Parker – a great guitarist who stays busy without ever wearing out his welcome, and in fact leaves us wishing for more straighter jazz-oriented records like this one! This set for Thrill Jockey improves on his solo debut Like-Coping, which he recorded for Delmark
, most notably with the addition of Sam Barsheshet to the group on Rhodes and Wurlitzer. Drummer/
percussionist Chad Taylor and bassist/
multi-instrumentalist Chris Lopes fill out the group. As was the case with the debut, Parker's style is clean, generous and collaborative, leaving plenty of casual space within the tunes for the players and room on the tracklist for the other players' compositions. The centerpiece of the album is a great version of Marvin Gaye's "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You", which the group turns into more of an after hours sweet spot than a mournful soul lament. Nice, nice work! Other tracks include "Istanbul", "Mannerisms", "Sea Change", "Beanstalk", "Toyboat" and "Rang (For Michael Zerang)".