Don Friedman's fourth and final Riverside album was his first with the late Hungarian guitarist Attila Zoller who passed away in January 1998. The pair, having collaborated in the unlikely setting of Herbie Mann's rhythm section, take a far more open approach in this unique and challenging two-part program. Their four original compositions employ twelve-tone rows and eliminate conventional harmonies, with "Episodes" avoiding written notes entirely and turning to instrumental groupings for its structure. For contrast, John Carisi's "Israel" and a pair of pop standards introduce familiar forms and melodies while still retaining the sense of boundary breaking established on the other tracks. The results, neither angry nor over-intellectualized avant-garde jazz, mark the beginning of a probing, soft-spoken partnership that Friedman and Zoller sustained in various projects over the succeeding 35 years.