Ron Komie's electric strings and Gerald Albright's sax add spectacular punch to keyboardist Pat Coil's multi-faceted second effort, the live to two-track Just Ahead. Coil is once again all aces, providing a textbook example of how to reconcile improvisational training with accessible funk, jazz with burning soul, and spirited salsa. Passionate one minute and frolicsome the next, Coil seems to enjoy crossing various lines, heading to the tropics with Andy Narell one minute, cooling his jets on ballads the next, and then exploding for several bouncy free-for-alls. It is fitting to feature Jimmy Johnson on bass, since the typical Coil composition is reminiscent of the best of Flim & the BBs, taking simple lines and twisting them into adventures. Adding to the fun here are John Patitucci, John Beasley, Bob Sheppard, and the wistful flute of Jim Walker. With Just Ahead, Coil is poised to become a master contemporary player and composer.
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AllMusic Review by Jonathan Widran