The medium-tempo groove of "Piece of Mine," along with the melding of Afro Cuban and swing on "Midnight Snack" entice both Beldin and Rotundi into displays of technical brilliance. There's a noticeable difference in musical personalities between the two that leads to interesting and welcomed contrasts. Rotundi's lyrical, hard bop phrasing fits like a glove over the walking ballad "Dark Blue," while Bowen's take-no-prisoners approach adds a layer of thickness to the funky "Mama Said."
Gold masterfully manipulates the organ's draw bars to enhance clustered harmonic textures on his moody ballad "Saudades," a compositional highlight featuring colorful percussive strokes from Davis. "Just a Suggestion," a tune with a spirited contemporary gospel vibe, closes the session with a slightly more greasy side to Gold's capacity and blistering lines from Bowen.
All Wrapped Up is a first-rate affair, combining tradition with a spirit of adventure.