Tony d'Aveni was 32 when he recorded this, his debut album. Although he has thus far not become famous, the Massachusetts-based trumpeter is a superior hard bop improviser who swings hard and writes good tunes, too. Accompanied by pianist Bevan Manson, bassist John Lockwood, and drummer Owen Howard, d'Aveni is joined on two of the nine selections by the versatile tenor saxophonist George Garzone and on two other songs by both trombonist Hal Crook and tenorman Les Arbuckle; Arbuckle also appears on one other tune. The sidemen all fare well, but d'Aveni is clearly the main star. He contributed three songs and also plays two obscurities and four standards (including a medium-tempo "Come Sunday" and "Cherokee"). The music has its surprises along the way, along with consistently satisfying solos from d'Aveni and his sidemen. This CD is recommended to straight-ahead jazz fans willing to discover a new talent.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow