"It happens quite often on Humanities that a rising intensity becomes a conflagration, . . . It’s why “Groundwork" possesses the hypnotic effect of burning embers even when its flames reach up to the night sky. It’s why “Stream" etches a path from first note to last even as it pulls apart the bonds that keep it together in a recognizable shape and moving with a concentrated focus. The pianist has a nice history on the Posi-Tone Records label, and can always be relied upon for doing something a little different with a straight-ahead sound. Humanities might be the most enjoyable example of that trend. The pianist is joined by trumpeter Ralph Alessi, guitarist Ben Monder, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Mark Ferber."