With Heaven Drummer composer/performer Yuri Tsapayev and his ensemble "Indie Knight" have again created an intriguing wealth of musical treasures. In addition to the rich bass lines and compelling rhythmic schemes that the previous CD, In My Dreams, provided, this offering adds addition percussion by Ed McClary and haunting saxophone parts by Lincoln Adler. Plus, as before, Terry Disley brings his world-class keyboard skills to the mix. The overall effect of this ensemble of musical talent is a collection of tunes whose styles and presentation as are as varied as they are polished. It is a seamless blending of motifs and voicings that are truly unique. From the haunting sax riffs of the opening tune, Good-bye My Friend to the calliope-like intro of the final cut, Patterns, there is always a surprising delight just around the next melodic corner. Even the song titles are evocative. The title song, Heaven Drummer, refers to a Russian expression for thunder. Others, like Hey, You Slaves, and You Watered the Horse, underscore the fact that this collaboration is not about business as usual. It is itself, as are the performers who created it. As is usual for Tsapayev, several of the pieces have a Latin-like feel. Among them are Hey, You Slaves, On The Heaven Blue Dish, Ballade About Namesakes and the title cut Heaven Drummer. While even these are still clearly jazz tunes, they also maintain their Latin feel with accents like wood-blocks, castanets, and other sound effects associated with that genre. In contrast, there are other dramatically different styles represented. You Watered The Horse, for example, starts out with a hoedown sound and tempo that soon transforms into fast-moving and gently relentless pace all the way to the end. Yet another contrast is found in Tanyusha Was a Great Girl, which leans in the general direction of swing. Tsapayev began his musical career in the Crimea nearly four decades ago, and followed it to San Francisco today. It is easy to see how his compositions are influenced by Sergei Rachmaninoff on the classical side and Acoustic Alchemy on the modern side. These diverse sources result in a richness of style that is so rewarding. In the last quarter-century Terry Disley has worked with some of the greatest names in popular music, including Mick Jagger, Bon Jovi, and ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney. Touring with Acoustic Alchemy afforded him further opportunity to hone his unique style that draws on both jazz and classical roots. The new additions to Indie Knight are Ed McClary on percussions and Lincoln Adler on saxophone. McClary's rhythmic touches accentuate the already rich beats of Tsapayev's compositions, and fit in well with Disley's keyboard interpretation, because they have worked together many times before. Adler's accents on both soprano and alto sax add a new melodic dimension to the entire CD. His tasteful and technically precise riffs fit hand-in-glove with Tsapayev's compositional style. In the end, this CD has more than enough talent, performance, and variety to satisfy even the most discriminating jazz listener.