Recorded in Switzerland two years ago by a local radio station at the end of a tour, Live In Basel can't help but to draw comparisons to its immediate predecessor since they are both live recordings, and even one tune, Eliotsong," appears on both. That's where you can really notice the difference in the mode of attack: the Silent Z band is more tightly wound, driven by precision and the polyrhythmic magic of Tyshawn Sorey. The Transatlantic Quartet tackles the same song with a more relaxed looseness, and relying more on the instinct that you get from playing 50+ dates together for about two years as this crew has.
There There" and Inkhead" both come from Waits And Measures (2006), and here again, the multinational combo stretches out more than on the original recordings (especially on the circuitous Inkhead"), although to be fair, Waits and Measures was a studio album. The rest of the tunes are Robbins originals, too, but are on record for the first time. Of those I particularly like the meditative The Quiet Space Left Behind" and the sly, unpredictable Hoi Polloi." Robbins' celestial alto sax articulations highlight the former track while Jermyn's cagey electric bass sets the stage for the latter tune.