There have been many successful trumpet and flugelhorn players over the years, but in contemporary jazz the trombone is usually only thought of in connection with horn sections. Michael Davis was interested in changing all that. While the muted, low register and even mournful sound of his bone prevents his second album from ever sounding too hip and exciting, he does infuse a fair amount of mainstream meets contemporary passion into the proceedings. He is also a solid soloist, even though guest artists like The Yellowjackets, Eddie Daniels, Bob Mintzer and Phil Markowitz provide the album's real sparks. Drummer Joe Bonadio keeps the upbeat tunes interesting as well.
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AllMusic Review by Jonathan Widran