This chamber jazz quartet is the most recent vehicle of Andrew MacKelvie, a fearless improviser whose contributions to Atlantic Canada’s avant-improv scene have proven indispensable. New Hermitage sees the woodwind phenom turn his patient ear towards the natural world, revealing compositions that centre around a future theory; a post-apocalyptic drawl, a delicate returning to the elements. Each piece unfolds in accommodating detail, filled out by an all-star crew: Ellen Gibling (harp), Ross Burns (guitar) and India Gailey (cello). Rich expressions of joy, sorrow and tenderness combine to create a deeper sense of space-time. New Hermitage reminds the listener that merely being together is an intricate and complicated affair. Awareness en masse.