After Darren Barrett pulls off a considerably dexterous lick on his trumpet during his "The Road Ahead" solo, bandleader Myron Walden let out a guttural "WOA!" He dug it. At the end of Barrett's solo, the crowd gave him loud affirmative applause. They dug it, too. Most of Momentum Live is emboldened and driven by the energy of the musicians on-stage and that of their audience. ("Your appreciation drives us, inspires us," Walden tells the crowd.) It turns some of the songs from Momentum's studio release into longer tunes branded with fire. The musicians for the live date are different than the studio release, most notably John Davis sitting in for Kendrick Scott and Eden Ladin working the piano instead of David Bryant on Rhodes, but the material doesn't suffer at all. In fact, it is livelier and more compelling. Fans of the studio release -- especially listeners who like their jazz with an edge -- will appreciate Walden's reinterpretations on this live set.
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AllMusic Review by Vincent Thomas