Møller is a tonal chameleon, keeping it between the ditches. There is no John Coltrane here. Lars Møller has a well-behaved, kaleidoscopic sound.
Composition. The same can be said for his writing. I would not classify writing as Kind of Blue sketches with a take-no-prisoners approach. His writing is meticulous and methodical while coming off as very whimsically melodic.
Recommendation. Kaleidoscope is a disc like Joshua Redman’s Freedom in the Grove (Warner Brothers, 46330) and Jesse Andrus’ Soy Califa (DBK Jazz, 70017), music I would recommend to the traditionally nonjazz listener. It is aurally friendly with melodically hook-filled heads and obedient, inventive solos. The sonics, as always with Naxos Jazz releases, are superb, directed impeccably by the ever-present executive production of Mike Nock. This disc is a pleasant winner.