This new combo from the Detroit area is led by acoustic and electric keyboardist Dale Grisa and saxophonist David Reinstein. It's a vehicle for their original music, written by Grisa with Reinstein's spirited stamp placed squarely in the middle. Grisa has a compact, efficient melodic style, while Reinstein's soprano is especially expressive, many times htiing upper register overblown harmonic smears fondly recalling David Liebman. Drummer Greg Tyler is a workhorse steady and colorful drummer, and bassist Kevin Chown is solidly, unspectacularly in-the-pocket. They use four different guitarists on four different tracks, all to varying effect. The most upbeat animated numbers are where this group really shines and shows a fresh approach. The title track sports a choppy samba to hard bop bridge, Reinstein on soprano blowing hard and strong. At their hyper-sonic best on "Fuzzy & Chick," guest guitarist Jeff Kollman rips up on an Allan Holdsworth influenced legato solo, while the choogling melody is stated by a kinetic Reinstein, seemingly jumping into the melody while he's playing for reinforcement. The low down skunk funk of "Sco Mo" has bass and sax-piano melody to match, and the Celtic jig-solid groove of "Emily's Dance, " with guitarist Brian Lord and Grisa on synth is a nod to Don Grolnick. Grisa's balladic notions are well served on "First Impression" and "The Remembering," a churchy organ inspired "His Spirit" has Frank Marinello on guitar, while Rick Matle plays six string on the Afro-Cuban montuno "To Early Sunday Morning" with tenor sax and synth unison. Reinstein's lone composition "Barrelhouse" is a New Orleans shuffle with the saxophonists bright, colorful, whimsical, vocal-like wail out front. This group holds much promise. At times they do echo imagery of early Weather Report or Brecker Brothers, and what some might term fusion. More often than not, there's a creative spark that burns brightly, mixing and matching jazz and rhythm and blues with ethnic rhythms.
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AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos