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Twi-Life is a 2-CD tour de force from one of today's finest young saxophonists playing with two dynamite rhythm sections, both of which feature the distinctive talents of pianist Robert Glasper. The first is acoustic, the second is "electric" with the addition of 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Award winner Lage Lund. While the compositions don't necessarily conform to the dual settings, they are all marked by uncompromising standards and palpable excitement. Highlights include the hard-charging version of Wayne Shorter's "Oriental Folk Song," powered by the throbbing bass of Vincent Archer, the irresistible melody of "Shift" and the rising tension of the melody-go-round "Thump & Cadence." Throughout it all, Strickland's tone is pure, even in the most challenging passages.