Originally from Montréal and now residing near Toronto, trumpet player Greg Bush has been gigging for more than 20 years, along the way appearing with such eminent jazz personages as Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz, and Bob Brookmeyer. This is the initial album for his quintet addressing a program entirely of Bush compositions. The result is a worthwhile session of contemporary, progressive jazz played by a tight, unified set of accomplished musicians. Sharing front-line duties with Bush is sax player Dave Wiffen, who can also claim an impressive resume. Throughout the set, he and Bush trade fours and choruses. The rhythm of Adrean Farrugia, Marek Semeniuk, and Chris Lamont provides the underpinning for the improvising horn players. Farrugia's piano gets plenty of solo time as well. How they work like a well-made watch is exemplified on "Frame of Mind" and "Blues for Clarence Diggs." The lovely ballad "For Lauren, Not Forlorn" reveals that Bush has a highly developed lyrical sense, as he takes a lengthy solo buttressed by Farrugia's comping. For an initial outing, this session is certainly impressive. Wisely, Bush included at least a reference to standard material with his "Standard Deviation," a melange of classic and jazz material including "All the Things You Are." Including even just a smidgen of well-known material helps the group to create its own performance and unique interpretative imprimatur. Otherwise, they will be swallowed up in that large number of small groups playing progressive jazz these days.
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AllMusic Review by Dave Nathan