Jason Kao Hwang plays violin and viola as he teams up with bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Andrew Drury for six originals. Hwang’s tone is rich and gorgeous, making the outside and left tunes quite accessible. The trio sounds a bit like vintage King Crimson with Drury laying down a deep groove on the bopping “Words Asleep Spoken Awake: Part II” and the team driving aggressively with Drury’s dramatic drumming on “Battle For The Indelible Truth”. High pitched strings contrast with Filiano’s brooding bow on “2 AM” . The interplay between the three is impressive, conversing and contrasting on “Words Asleep Spoken Awake: Part 1” and forming a strong front line on “Defiance”. Free and focused.  - George W. Harris, jazzweekly. com    


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