Ned Rothenberg, baritone sax, bass clarinet; Dave Douglas, trumpet; Josh Roseman, trombone; Kenny Berger, baritone sax, Mark Dresser, bass; Mike Sarin, drums; Mark Feldman, violin; Erik Friedlander, cello; Ruth Siegler, viola. This title was part of the CounterCurrents series, with cover design by Steve Byram.
"....[A]nyone interested in investigating all that is fine about New York downtown jazz－and how it contrasts with the midtown stuff－should start right here.... Ned Rothenberg's Power Lines is an absolute classic that no other downtown CD －by John Zorn, Dave Douglas, or anybody else well-known or obscure－has ever topped. "....
Power Lines is among the earthiest, most soulful, and grooving CDs that anybody from the downtown crowd has ever released. Thanks for this must go to Rothenberg, who has an uncanny ability to compose and arrange music that hits the listener with nearly equal emphasis in all the main places that it can be felt—the body, heart, and head. Some downtowners have been accused of being overly cerebral, but certainly not Rothenberg, and certainly not here.
'In the Rotation' is nothing short of a masterpiece, with its polyrhythmic cartwheels and burrowing groove, its torrid solos, and its massed string, horn, and reed embellishments, all of which coalesce in an absolutely thrilling crescendo at the album's close. Power Lines is a pinnacle of New York downtown music." －allmusic.com