From here the pieces tend to blur but delivers a palette of the fate of a creative person soaked in repression. ŽWilke's Grin' is a sophisticated and complex piece using different time signatures. It is carefully conceived, meticulously played and rigorously reserved. Likewise, ŽBlues Away' is an amiable enough blues shuffle. It sounds as if it were caught in a kind of time warp as it reminds me of a Jack Lemmon film from the early 1960s: a cock-eyed guy with a sly grin stuck in a flannel suit and cheesy tie. You can almost hear a request for a shot of booze in ŽCottage for Sale.' This atmospheric piece could be in a lonely late night hotel bar and a crumpled-suited guy feeling regret and bitterness swishing his drink around and around. A conclusion of sorts is reached in the poignant and beautifully played piece, ŽWhere Do You Start?'
There is a loose end and that is ŽMethuselah's Grin.' I'm sure it was meant to serve as humorous contrast to the rest of the album, with the trombone as the mama duck and the cornet as the wayward duckling. But really it sounds like a studio-inspired knock-off that detracts from the rest of the album.