Critically acclaimed as both composer and player. Equally fluent on clarinet, saxophone, and flutes, Marty Ehrlich has been hailed as "one of the most formidable multi- instrumentalists since Eric Dolphy." With News On The Rail Ehrlich puts his sextet into motion with broadened musical expressions on eight new tracks. The music is cool, hot, emotional, creative, and personal and comes across as being played by a much larger ensemble than credited. "Enough Enough," the first song on the CD, is introduced by dynamic horn charts that announce the exemplary alto sax soloing and improvisations that Ehrlich plans to unleash. The chord changes, comping rhythms are fearless as is Ehrlich's technical acuity. On "Hear You Say," at the head, a palette of horn voices are underlined by the earthier groove orientation of Howard Johnson's tuba. Ehrlich's alto sax solo, James Zollar's trumpet talk and electronic textures from James Weidman's melodia makes this song one of the funkiest tunes on the set. "News On The Rail," opens with a bass solo by Greg Cohen. Ehrlich, who is playing clarinet continues on his eclectic approach with tuba and melodia comps under his free-wheeling riffs. This song is loaded with doses of unconventional sounds and unique instrumental pairings. "Seeker's Delight" features the energy, control and extraordinary musicality of this ensemble. The soloing is adept and entertaining. Again, Marty Ehrlich scores major points for originality, creative jazz voicings, and for music that urges you to get jazzed. Overall, News On The Rail is well worth the listen and features the perfect balance of masterful players.
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AllMusic Review by Paula Edelstein