Saxophonist John O’ Gallagher’s growing discography clearly indicates that he is a leader, in every sense of the word. Armed with a stunning technique and a complementary vision, the artist simply follows his desires within the modern jazz scheme of matters. Along with his foil and fellow reedman Tony Malaby, the dual sax attack signifies a formidable force within the context of these works consisting of razor-sharp lines and flexible arrangements. Mixing climactically designed solos with creaky accents and rapid flurries, the quartet ventures into variably constructed free-swing and free-bop realms, augmented with unanticipated shifts in momentum.
Bassist John Hebert and drummer Jeff Williams offer a pliant undercurrent, consummating the quartet’s close musical relationship. Yet, the band generally pursues thrusting impulsions, sometimes tempered by thoughtful, mood-evoking passages. The ensemble’s combination of strength, power and finesse shines glowingly here.
On "Revolving Doors," the saxophonists produce a vigorous bop vamp, enhanced by dashing flurries and knotty time signatures. Elsewhere, they embark upon cyclical patterns, often hearkening imagery of traversing a winding country road. Sure enough, O’ Gallagher and associates do not follow the pack. And while they’re not blatantly reinventing the wheel, the music spoken here is vibrant, fresh and perhaps the harbinger of a newfound, stylistic vantage point. Ultimately, the processes put forth on this release bear credence to O’Gallagher’s restless pursuit of honing a new voice in jazz. (Recommended.... )