Those who make the mistake of trying to classify Jack West & Curvature tend to classify them as acoustic jazz, but that label does not do justice to the music. This album shares the improvisational roots of jazz, but the sound draws equally on folk music and the same kind of odd experimentalism that motivates musicians like Steve Tibbetts. In fact, there is a Tibbetts connection here. This album combines the 8-string acoustic guitar of Jack West with the six-string acoustic wizardry of Dean Magraw, and Tibbetts played on one of Magraw's albums. Also, both Tibbetts and Magraw regularly employ Marc Anderson for percussion. The marimba on this album also gives it an international Tibbetts-type flavor (but without the new agey nonsense that frequently afflicts "world" music). If you like Dean Magraw and the less "out-there" recordings of Steve Tibbetts (like Big Map Idea), you will like this album. What sets it apart from Magraw and Tibbetts, though, is the otherworldly approach West takes to slide. He relies heavily on a slide, but his playing is largely divorced from blues or country. It is somewhat difficult to describe, but once you hear it, you will be able to recognize it instantly from then on. This is adventurous music without any of the off-putting pretense or dissonance that frequently define adventurous music.