Although German pianist - now Canada-based - Florian Hoefner has played at festivals throughout Europe, appeared on 10 previous recordings and toured extensively in the US and Canada, he's not as well known in Australia. This new album by his quartet, recorded in New York, features Australian bassist Sam Anning, with drummer Peter Kronreif and saxophonist Seamus Blake. These eight tracks display Hoefner's composing ability and his stunning performance in a unified work of thought-provoking components and altered rhythmic content. Newfound Jig, based on an Irish jig but given post-bop attitude, brings impetus to Blake's tenor solo, powerfully driven by hyperactive drums and dynamic bass ahead of Hoefner's tension-building piano. The title track has a serene 5/4 feel explored by the leader's extravagantly pensive excursion to introduce Blake's gradually stoking solo on soprano sax, while The Bottom Line opens with a bop-infused bass and tenor sax unison passage before Blake's solo launches into take-off. In a slow tempo, The Narrows demonstrates Hoefner's melodic capabilities in the balladic composition and his organic interpretation; Blake and Anning also deliver expressive solos. Drums and piano interact well throughout In Circles during Hoefner's solo and forming a substructure for Blake's tenor sax. A fine collection of compositions interpreted with deep expression and highly skilled group integration.