Cash Cow

When We Were Little Girls

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The members of this tight quartet play off each other very well and with appropriate balance, judging from the free-form improvisational jazz and uplifting danceable feeling that seep through both "Sleeping at Sal's" and "Rachel," the latter of which culminates in a gospel-like intensity. A good portion of the music features Jordan O'Connor and his bass plunking against the piano stylings of Craig Harley, as in the playful "Friends." The production and recording of certain songs create some problems. "Just After Sara's Birthday" is very credible, but is diminished greatly by the "la-dee-dahs" and "na-nas" sung by the musicians in the background, taking away from the instrumentation. Aiming for a live feeling is usually an asset, but not in this instance. But the general mood shifts between light and dark in "Why?," perhaps the album's highlight, are laudable. A few downbeat numbers, such as the lengthy "Better Left," don't affect the quality either way, but do show a side to the group that could be explored more.