(Clean Feed)

What a class. This quartet, led by the always excellent drummer Gerry Hemingway and completed by sax player Ellery Eskelin, trombonist Ray Anderson and bassist Mark Dresser, shows competency and savoir faire throughout this masterful recording. Music that has a jump start over most jazz records issued today; compositions that brings power, energy and thematic brilliance at the same intensity level, drawing the shortest line between two or more points and maintaining concision and concentration even during blowouts and free improvisations. No one stays in the background but there’s absolutely no hint of protagonism; all four parts here are leaders in their own game and the resulting sum is one of those rare records you instantly recognize as a classic, an important release for the ones who really want to see beyond the point of their nose, just once in a while.