Avi Rothbard, originally from Israel, has been making his way through the New York jazz scene for the past few years and this is his second release with Midlantic Records. His compositions are both stylistically and technically superb and his guitar playing is equally brilliant. Building from, but not limiting himself to, classic style and form, he is able to take his music in many new directions. This collection showcases the multi-dimensionality of Rothbard’s acumen as a composer and jazz musician. The arrangements are tight and precise, but overflowing in exuberance and creative exploration."Preach’s Inches," is soulful and funky. Rothbard on guitar practically flies around the room and Jared Gold is fierce on organ; and the next track, "Minor Impact," actually has more energy than that. It is fast and intense and Joe Strasser’s drums take hot and nervous breaths throughout leading to a couple of quaking solos before it goes out with a quick jab. The mood is lightened up a bit, with "Cheerleader," a wonderful composition, which glides in softly, but with light animation. Rothbard’s guitar-playing here lingers, beckoning the listener deeper and leads to a funky change up where organ and guitar really shine. The last track on this CD, "Just a Little Sip," is also of special note as it features some sizzling saxophone by Escoffery. Excellent!