Bassist Steuart Liebig straddles the line between free improvisation and mid-sized group composition. He does this using a seven-piece band called Kammerstig, which provides solid but frenetic playing. Additionally, each of the four compositions on Pomegranate, which sit in the 15- to 22-minute range, is specifically composed for each of the four guest soloists. Liebig gets the best of both worlds, mixing established chemistry with unexpected surprises. It’s a far cry from his work with Les McCann, but it’s quite obvious that Liebig has a distinct affinity for the varied guest; the track for guitarist Nels Cline sounds markedly different from the track for Tom Varner. And Vinny Golia’s cut flat out rips with its fiery reed playing.