Album: Law, Burgess, Sirkis Congregation, (33 Jazz)

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Reminiscent of Don Pullen's Ode to Life, or a Keith Jarrett ballad without the grunting, "Chorale", the final, astounding track on this second album by pianist John Law's co-op trio, is a work of real grace and beauty.

The gentle counterpoint of its baroque structure leads to a wonderfully affirmative Latin coda. More varied in feel and tempo than its predecessor, and therefore perhaps slightly less satisfying as a whole, Congregation remains a startlingly good album by a remarkable group.