If like me, you are unfamiliar with the term, "tempo rubato (free in the presentation, Italian for: stolen time) is a musical term referring to expressive and rhythmic freedom by a slight speeding up and then slowing down of the tempo of a piece at the discretion of the soloist or the conductor." (wikipedia.org) This is the significant style being used throughout this disc. Bassist Jeff Johnson has studied Italian music quite a while and leader/pianist Hal Galper likened the similarity between their rubato style and the visual effects in cubist painting: all of the visual parts are present in the painting or performance though often broken and scattered throughout the work. It's not as crazy as it sounds, though it certainly could be. This disc is an interesting demonstration that is quite manageable. The quartet is completed by Jerry Bergonzi (tenor sax) and John Bishop (drums).