During an era when many up-and-coming players emulate their predecessors a bit too closely, pianist James Carney performs music that, although linked to the tradition, pushes ahead into uncharted territory. A talented composer and an original voice on piano, Carney leads a group of young players (with the alternating horns including trumpeter Ralph Alessi; tenors Ravi Coltrane and Chuck Manning; altoist Scott Mayo; and Peter Epstein on soprano, tenor, or alto) through ten of his challenging originals. With alert playing from bassist Darek Oles and drummer Dan Morris, Carney's thoroughly unpredictable and tricky arrangements (which leave plenty of room for spontaneity, both from soloists and the entire group) are consistently intriguing. Highly recommended.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow