This 1993 recording is a follow-up to an earlier duo session by Andy LaVerne
and John Abercrombie
, although they add bassist George Mraz
and drummer Adam Nussbaum
for this date. Following a rather upbeat, introspective arrangement of the standard "Beautiful Love," they stick to originals by either the pianist or the guitarist. LaVerne
's "Mother of Pearl" is a shimmering post-bop work that is full of surprises, while "Opal" is a treasure of a different sort, prominently featuring Abercrombie
's brittle-sounding electric guitar. Abercrombie
's "Monk Like" has a quirky line much like its namesake might employ, and the unpredictable ballad "Farewell" serves as an appropriate conclusion to this enjoyable CD.