Guitarist Michael Pavone (the son of bassist/composer Mario Pavone) makes an auspicious debut as a leader, backed by his father on bass and Marcello Pellitteri on drums. The younger Pavone has definitely spent some time listening to Pat Metheny -- his fluid, lyrical phrasing and sheer speed recall the Missouri master more frequently than not. While he may still be working toward his own sound, Pavone's staggering chops and shrewd musicality indicate that he'll go far. His maiden voyage boasts six strong originals, including the ballad "Some Friends," the edgy waltz "Don't Ask Why," and the all-out burning "Dodge Ball." Pavone Sr. contributes three hard-hitting charts -- "Isobars," "Cherry Bars," and "Otic" (the latter two appeared on Totem Blues, recorded about a year earlier). Father and son co-wrote the opener, "Recovery," which graced the 1997 disc Dancer's Tales; "Dance Off," co-written by the elder Pavone and Marty Ehrlich, appeared on Song For (Septet). It's gratifying to hear the previously recorded music in a different setting, interpreted by a new and highly promising talent.
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AllMusic Review by David R. Adler