Jazz quartet Vista deliver a solid set of mainstream post-bop on The Arrival. Lead by trumpeter Erik Jekabson and tenor saxophonist Dan Pratt, Vista focus on original compositions by the two native Californians. Jekabson is a deft and thoughtfully cerebral musician whose style brings to mind a softer Black Codes-era Wynton Marsalis. Similarly, Pratt's Dexter Gordon meets Charles Lloyd sax aesthetic is a perfect frontline balance. Rounding out the ensemble are pianist Andrew Adair, bassist Matt Pavloka, and drummer Scott McLemore. This is a solid, cliché-free debut that should please fans of serious modern jazz.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Collar