"Ten years ago I started thinking about recording as a leader, and the first format that came to my mind and heart was a duo recording. Now, 10 years and two releases later I felt the time was right. There are always projects in my head that I would like to do, but you can’t force it, you know when the moment is there. The compositions I wrote for this project are mostly based on mixed meter and poly-harmonic principles.
The duo format lends itself very well to dense harmony since there is a lot of space to let the colors develop and resonate. To also combine this with mixed meter is less common within this format since you have no bass or drums. My long time collaborator Nikolaj Hess made the project complete. We share a very strong connection both from an intellectual and intuitive point of perspective. And he is a great friend, which also comes through in the music." - Marc Mommas
Reviews"There is passion and abandon here, but carefully rationed. There is a little tenderness in 'Remind Me,' a little sweetness in 'Amissirac.' Mommaas' saxophone tone is controlled, firm, sober; he can slip in a little atonality, a little shriek, but he does so sparingly. Hess plays strongly throughout, perhaps slightly more conventionally and with more variety than does the leader. A kind of Red Garland-ish warmth seeps into his solo in 'Amissirac'; while his percussive clusters underneath Mommaas on the wonderfully free 'Dialogue' are perfectly placed but draw upon a completely different lineage. There is an implicit pejorative sense to labeling something 'intellectual': Balance is intellectual jazz with no such reservations. Mommaas has created an unfaltering suite of compositions that express new things while studiously avoiding, for the most part, the free-jazz route. Add to this the fact that both musicians' playing is damn good and you have an important record." - Jeff Dayton-Johnson, All About Jazz