Altoist Jesse Davis can always be relied upon to perform modern swinging hard bop music. On this set he teams up with an impressive all-star cast also including trumpeter Nicholas Payton, pianist Hank Jones, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Lewis Nash. Davis contributed six of the nine selections and, although the songs generally have challenging chord changes and inspire strong solos, the individual melodies are not too memorable. However the musicians play quite well and this music will be easily enjoyed by straightahead jazz fans. Davis and Payton make for a mutually complementary team.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow