Best known at this point for his association with the Matt Wilson Quartet, Joel Frahm is a talented, hard bop-based soloist. On his debut CD, he is joined by drummer Wilson, pianist David Berkman, and bassist Doug Weiss for four of his originals (one by Berkman and three veteran standards). Included among the songs are nods to Wayne Shorter ("100 Years in Motion"), Ornette Coleman/Dewey Redman (Berkman's "Interesting Perhaps, But Hardly Fascinating Rhythm"), and Sonny Rollins (a good-humored pianoless trio rendition of "Pennies from Heaven"). The music is mostly straight-ahead with a few surprising twists; an impressive start to Frahm's solo career.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow