The first thing that struck us on this album of UK drummer Johnny Hunter's compositions is the plangent Tomasz Stanko-like contribution of trumpeter Graham South on the opening 'Emergence'. Mainly comprised of the 'Consequence' suite (again South recalls the late great Polish trumpeter on the more cheerful first piece of the suite) there is plenty of feisty interplay between South and tenor saxist Mark Hanslip. We liked the stillness of the opening of the second piece of the suite and you get an idea of the open percussiveness that is at the heart of Hunter's approach when he can be a little Tony Oxley-like even. Bassist Seth Bennett is a fairly stately presence at times and does a lot to ground the obliqueness of the harmonies. While certainly free-ish in places there is a solid structure and dynamic sense of adventure in Hunter's pieces that suggest firm discipline and layers of development in both the writing and the band's interconnectedness. Highlights of this Manchester studio album recorded four years ago include the Warne Marsh-like solo Hanslip delivers on the third of the 'Consequence' pieces. Worth discovering.