by Glenn Daniels
Bassist Massimo Biolcati leads a top-flight musician lineup in a fantastic musical exploration on Incontre. The balanced set of up and downtempo works is a mix of Biolcati originals and reimagined compositions by Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and Dave Holland among others. The quartet consists of Dayna Stephens on tenor, soprano and baritone saxophones, Sam Yahel on piano and organ, and Jongkuk Kim on drums. The unit sounds fantastic together and delivers a recording that is thoroughly outstanding.