This is a very different type of big-band album. Trumpeter-arranger Bill Warfield considers Miles Davis to be his main influence, particularly Davis of the 1965-1975 period. Performing reworkings of two selections from Davis' Bitches Brew, a Wayne Shorter piece, and "Mad Dog 245" (dedicated to Miles) among the six numbers, Warfield makes his big band a bit reminiscent of Davis' oversized fusion bands of the late '60s/early '70s. Empress Nzingha is effectively showcased on her spoken word piece "Jazzman" and there are spots for tenor saxophonist Mike Migliore, guitarist Vic Juris, trombonist Tim Sessions, pianist Roberta Piket, Dave Riekenberg on tenor, and Warfield's trumpet. Although technically a "big band" project, the music is much more adventurous than usual and Warfield's ensemble has the spontaneous feel of a combo. Well worth exploring.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow