On Neighbors, Big Neighborhood, a quartet based in the Pacific Northwest, perform nine songs by either guitarist David White or bassist Doug Miller plus Jobim's "Triste" which, due to the eccentric rhythms and accents used in this interpretation, has been renamed "Tristed." Throughout the set, Big Neighborhood make their unusual playing with time and rhythms sound second-nature and logical. Guitarist David White is often the lead voice and the key soloist, although altoist Chris Fagan has a bright sound and a strong improvising style. The playing of bassist Miller and drummer Phil Parisot is always stimulating and strongly interactive. This group definitely has its own sound and, although connected to the jazz tradition, its playing and improvising are quite original. It may take several listens to get used to Big Neighborhood's unusual approach, but it is worth the time. This is an excellent example of early-21st century acoustic jazz.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow