This trio date marks the recording debut as a leader of pianist Martin Sasse, and it's obvious from the start that he possesses well-developed chops. He's accompanied by bassist Henning Gailing and drummer Hendrik Smock. One could easily imagine his versatile opener, "Groove Machine," being played by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers; the piece is an infectious mix of hard bop, groove, and modal jazz. His tribute to McCoy Tyner, "Dear McCoy," is a hard-swinging blues. A brisk treatment of trumpeter Tom Harrell's ballad "Sail Away" plus fresh versions of the show tune "On a Clear Day" and the infrequently performed "I Had the Craziest Dream" round out this recommended CD.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden