The opener takes nine minutes to really begin, and while I can easily see some being put off by the length of this introduction, I enjoy it. It's a long, uncertain storm, and at nine minutes the clouds part and a beautiful melody enters. Great stuff. "Japan," the second track, is only three-and-a-half minutes; as has been noted by others, it comes from the right place, but it's ultimately pretty useless. The closer gets things back on track, though. It's a three-part odyssey, and the most energetic piece here. Ultimately, this is a short and flawed, but nonetheless enjoyable, jazz record.