Wide Horizons could arguably be called the band’s best effort to date, chock full as it is with bristling music and ear catching solos. Just check out Eric Alexander’s strong showing on "Nemesis" to see why he’s become on the most celebrated tenor men of his generation. As for trumpeter Jim Rotondi, he’s a little dynamo who regularly eats up changes with all the tenacity of a young Freddie Hubbard. Trombonist Steve Davis, affectionately known as "Stevie D" among his friends, not only has a strong sense of the jazz trombone tradition but also remains one of the premier jazz composers of this era. As for David Hazeltine, Peter Washington, and Joe Farnsworth, words inadequately describe the kind of camaraderie and musical empathy that they have developed over countless gigs.
There’s much to enjoy here and no real need to provide a blow-by-blow for each track. Suffice it to say the originals are unique, the updates of a few standards are quite worthwhile, and everyone plays at the top of their game. What more could you ask of a record?