From the buzzed-out bass line of opener "Crank Shaft," to the sunny bounce of "Elle est une Danseuse a Minuet," to the more overtly techno stylings of closer "Thrill of the Chase," there's a lot to like on this varied and colourful album. The piano-laden title track is a tour-de-force of Marks' improvisational skills, although Santiago Salazar's remix falls short, swapping its nuanced instrumentation for a repetitive piano loop that seems to hardly reference the original at all.
Things become a bit less interesting, generally, when Marks dials back his rich instrumentation in favour of a more minimalist techno approach, although it does lend the album a more varied stylistic spread — it's a matter of taste, perhaps. Overall, though, Day of Knowing is an effortlessly well-crafted album, and while it may not re-write the book on jazz-house, it's always a treat to hear from someone who knows its pages by heart. (Planet E)