Trumpeter Brian Lynch helped to kick off the brand new Sharp Nine label in 1995 with the release of this stunning CD. Familiar to jazz devotees for his work with Art Blakey, and also Phil Woods, Lynch is accompanied by pianist David Hazeltine, bassist Peter Washington, and veteran drummer Louis Hayes. His confidence is apparent in a lively arrangement of "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," while he captures the bittersweet essence of "My Old Flame" without needing a vocalist. Hayes helps power Lynch through a brisk reading of John Coltrane's infrequently performed "Straight Street." He plays both muted and open horn in the attractive samba "Bolero de Sata." Lynch also contributed four strong originals, including the tense post-bop vehicle "The Trifle," showcasing some fine unison playing and chases between the leader and the pianist, as well as a brilliant solo by Hayes. This engaging release will especially appeal to hard bop fans.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden