Although this is essentially a modern bop session, it is obvious that altoist Thomas Chapin was open to more explorative music. Chapin and his quintet (with pianist Ronnie Mathews) interpret three lesser-known standards and five of his own diverse originals. Chapin's tone at times recall aspects of Phil Woods and Jackie McLean but is largely original, and his style is a bit unpredictable. He also takes inventive flute solos on two pieces (including Bud Powell's "Time Waits"). The overall results are quite pleasing and often exciting within the modern mainstream of jazz.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow