What this is all about is a sterling quintet in a laid-back but very alert mode. John is on the upright and forms the unshakable backbone of everything. Brian Miller is on mostly alto and tenor, and he has soul and Bird-and-beyond facility that's very nice to hear. Ray Codrington plays a burnished, finely aged trumpet and flugel--and he doesn't sound like Miles, which is hard to do in this setting. Gabe Evans on piano sounds fine and Adonis Rose on drums keeps it sensitive and pretty light to befit the occasion.
Miller's sax work is a pleasure to hear--but everybody is in the modern mood and groove. There's nothing facile about this quiet music. It has all the good down-home grits when needed and it gets spooky quiet almost in a film noir kind of way.
It's very, very good and perfect for when you want something quiet but not empty!
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