Album: Dave Stapleton, Flight (Edition)

Jazz projects with strings can be dull and worthy, but pianist Stapleton's writing for both the Brodowski String Quartet and his own jazz quartet, who together form the ensemble for this recording, satisfies on every level.

It's a suite of 10 parts with a strong northern-European feel, reinforced by the presence of Norwegian sax star Marius Neset. There's a debt to Gorecki and Arvo Part, and at 74 minutes it goes on a bit, but the pay-off is worthwhile.