Like many artists signed to Fresh Sound New Talent, multi-instrumentalist and composer Jason Rigby is an emerging musician with lots of chops and a new perspective as a writer. With a core group including keyboardist Mike Holober, veteran bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Mark Ferber plus occasional guests, Rigby's musical palette is extensive. "Southampton [UK]" provides a tasty blend of African rhythm with a post-bop theme. The mysterious ballad "Atmospheric" opens with a bass solo, then features Rigby's brooding tenor sax, with Holober providing an echoing line just behind him in spots. "Green of Greens" is a haunting melody featuring the leader's mournful soprano. "Mumbai" is another African-influenced work, with Rigby switching to wood flute. The loping "Christopher" is a melancholy waltz, adding cellist Lauria Riley playing warm arco accompaniment. Clearly, Jason Rigby is a talent deserving of wider recognition with this excellent debut CD as a leader.
AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden