With sprawling, often super long explorations all part of the action, the main drama of the record is in the interplay between high wire trumpeter Peter Evans and the Boswell to his Dr Johnson vibist Joel Ross. Wrapped by a rumble of bass from Nick Jozwiak and always-on drumming from Michael Shekwoaga Ode, Ars Memoria with its thoughtful and often airy feeling doesn't easily belong to any category. Recorded in New York in 2022 and 23 with the title track a live glimpse of the band, you get an easy sense of an experimental mindset at play which has crucially reached some sort of solution in exploring the challenging musical directions the band members are seeking together. Certainly you gain a sense of resolution in each piece whether on the edgily ambient 'Salah' or plangent 'Opus 5'. Evans once again displays what a world class player he is.