For his debut as a leader, saxophonist Fred Foss assembled a solid octet, with four horns and rhythm to blow their way through mostly Foss originals arranged by colleague Roger Woods. This is a solid, well-disciplined band, with outstanding soloing all the way around. Foss is a powerhouse on both tenor and alto saxophones, his muscular tone and fluid style focused and fiery. Young trumpeter Marcus Rabb blows with plenty of sparks, too, the Lee Morgan influence clear as a bell. With two percussionists, Sam Turner and Harold Summey, this group bears the mantle of the hard boppers of the '50s. Spoken word sculptor Gaston Neal, a well known fixture in the Washington, D.C. area (from where Foss also hails), is up to form on the one piece on which he appears, Neal's voice wailing the warnings of the prophet.
AllMusic Review by Steve Loewy