Although Michael Cochrane has a healthy discography of albums, this is the debut release of his cooperative effort with the group Lines of Reason. All but one of the songs on the program was composed by one of the members of the group, with Cochrane accounting for five of them. While this is a cooperative effort, it has the musical fingerprints of pianist Cochrane all over it from hard bop swinging zingers such as "Morning in Lima" (that's Lima, OH, not Peru) to the new world music inflected "Room 118." By giving each member at least one opportunity to put a piece on the program, it assures that their particular talents will be showcased, even if it's not for them. For example, alto player David Alan Gross' tribute to Philly Joe Jones features the hard driving drumming of Alan Nelson straight from the days when Jones was the rhythm linchpin for groups headed by virtually every top bop player on the scene, including Miles Davis. But then again Gross, as the only horn player is prominent on virtually every cut with his searching, dynamic alto playing. Gross also contributed the tune which headlines the bass of Calvin Hill, "Bass Instruments." To make sure that there is a change of pace, Cochrane's samba "East of Brazil" is characterized by more highly charged playing by Gross with Cochrane repeating chords underneath. "Patient Spirit" sounds as if it might be the score for a film noir with the alto passing on the feeling of the shadowy and smoky scenes that characterized that film genre. This album provides a steady stream of solid jazz, and is recommended.
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AllMusic Review by Dave Nathan