Sometimes isolation can be a boon to artists. Such was the case for Israeli-born guitarist Inbar Fridman and her French-based colleagues, who holed up at Studio de la Marmotte, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the foothills of the Pyrenees. The results of their collaboration can be heard on Fridman's 2013 recording Time Quartet Project, which captures both the panoramic sweep of--and the hushed reverence of being in--such a magical surroundings. Fridman and pianist Camelia Ben Naceur display compatible tones and sensibilities throughout, having cemented their bond when Fridman sat in with Billy Cobham's band, wich whom Ben Naceur was playing. Naceur then recruited bassist Laurent Chaviot and drummer Stefano Lucchini for the recording session. On "Christopher's Cheek," our selection, Fridman's warm, buttery tone sets the mood for this radiant piece, bolstered by Chaviot's resonant bass and Lucchini's propulsive stick work. Ben Naceur's joyful, bluesy solo romp and sensitive comping behind the guitarist brighten Fridman's palette. And yes, the leader reveals in an email, the tune is indeed a shout-out to St. Louis saxman Chris Cheek.