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With a name like Breakdown Of Reality, you might expect the latest album by Austria’s Niko Leopold Quartet to be full of Pharaoh Sanders-style cosmic maelstroms. That isn’t quite the case; the album’s eleven-minute title track is a polished, cosmopolitan take on the classical jazz sound. Passages of clean, tumbling piano playing are bookended by a cinematic, brass-heavy intro and outro, making for an energetic and altogether enjoyable listen. It may not launch you into the outer reaches of the universe, but it’ll have your toes tapping at the very least.