The New York City-based group follows suit as they embark upon a musical trek that looms as a modernist/retro type history of jazz music. And its all executed with the panache of an outfit that covers a lot of turf while maintaining a signature sound. As the musicians' modus operandi features a seamless merger of bop, boogie-woogie, traditional jazz, swing and a few deconstructions that parallel the avant stylizations of the City’s notorious downtown scene. Extremely tight, yet loose and open-ended when required, the ensemble generates toe-tapping grooves amid brisk swing vamps and full-speed-ahead soloing maneuvers. They get it all down to a coherently developed science, but are apt to shift strategies and cadences on a nanosecond’s notice by sustaining a detailed soundstage and high-level of interest throughout.
On the soul-jazz rocker "Life’s Other Mystery," the saxophonists pursue a garrulous pace atop the rhythm section’s snappy pulse, although they switch gears by tempering the flow with a sublime melody. In effect, the artists generally render a high-flying game-plan, all subsidized by their sharpshooter like technical faculties. But the unit also throttles back the proceedings and is equally adept at venturing into the freer scheme of matters. Sure enough, they’ve forecasted heaps and bounds of good cheer since the ‘80s and now with this release, the musical joyride continues. (Essential.... )