An obscure name at least to me hitherto ‚Ästwhere have I been this last decade? ‚Äď Sebastien Ammann‚Äôs Color Wheel (Skirl) is released on 3 February.

This Swiss-born, New York-based pianist‚Äôs album features his quartet of alto-saxophonist Micha√ęl Attias (who has played with Anthony Braxton, the much missed Paul Motian¬†and Oliver Lake), bassist Noah Garabedian (yep more choice avant agenda-setting names on the global stage... Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi) and drummer Nathan Ellmann-Bell (in past action with the classical/jazz iconoclast¬†Uri Caine, and the great Dave Douglas).

Have a look at the Ammann discography for an overview, fact fans. The pianist’s studio albums go back more than a decade. As I type I am listening to some of his improvising on Samadhi. Gigging around New York this month I see he is playing with Samuel Blaser soon, the talented trombonist, a Grachan Moncur III in spirit.

On the album¬†it is the quartet in action, join with me in all curiosity by listening, above to ‚ÄėOn A Move,‚Äô Skirl¬†link. Oh how to describe the sound? Well, a few pointers: Ammann reminds me slightly of Wolfert Brederode. And the altoist digs in like Antonin Tri Hoang¬†while¬†bass and drums knit like Dezron Douglas¬†and Johnathan Blake¬†might. So overall it¬†is avant spiky free bop flavoured by the New Cool containing¬†a pleasantly plangent sourness that the born to run¬†jaggedness from piano and sax offset so effectively and ease into consummate fluency. SG¬†¬†