Poltva consists of two longer tracks, both ranging over twenty minutes, and two shorter ones.
The development of tension carries throughout the entire Lviv performance and the appreciative crowd springs to life (or is it relief?) at the conclusion of the third track, responding to a blast of horns that gleefully seems to carry forever. The fourth and final track may well be a reward for their endurance.
Fans of free music would do well to check out Poltva. It showcases another avenue of jazz, one seldom heard, and blends international traditions with lucidity and style. Five Spot is a group of care, pinned in the middle by marvellous drumming by Klaus Kugel and a truly sensitive piano performance by Roberta Piket.