While Tracy is not a virtuosic saxophonist, he’s a solid player with a big sound and some interesting improvisational ideas. He particularly shines on "September 15" (one of the two tunes penned by Vasconcellos - the other is "August 5"). It’s a laid back mid-tempo number. His solo is sure and lyrical, exploring the entire range of his tenor. "Tracing" is another of the brighter moments on this disc. Composed by pianist Allee, it has a Wayne Shorter-ish feel to it, with a beautiful melody and angular changes. This album also features two tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim ("Favela" and "Once I Loved"), a tune by the great Brazilian artist Milton Nascimento ("Vera Cruz"), Rique Pantoja’s "Melancia" and Hermeto Pascoal’s "Balaio".
This is a great collection of tunes, played by an inspired band that seems to have a real spiritual connection to the music. A great effort that is definitely worth a listen.