The superfine drummer Gilbert Matthews rounds out the trio, featuring all Gahnold original works sans the group’s sensitive rendition of Gershwin’s "Summertime." On the piece titled "Sound Check," the band launches into a brisk swing vamp, enhanced by the saxophonist’s shifting movements and intense bop-ish, blowing. However, Dyani is clearly the leader here and throughout, thanks to his shrewdly inventive patterns, nimble plucking, and pizzicato-based lines.
The saxophonist injects a sense of traditionalism into his improvisations yet seemingly runs out of ideas during a few of these pieces. He occasionally opts for executing sequences of long-winded extended notes amid some of his lengthier discourses. But, Dyani generates enough momentum and interest via his articulately enacted and undeniably, power-packed maneuvers. Whether he’s implementing a slight variation in a tempo or plucking harmonics in the upper register, the bassist is clearly the teacher. Nonetheless, Gahnold does possess a radiant tone, tinged with a slight rasp. As the band melds sprightly, mid-tempo swing vamps and torrid, free-jazz escapades with a smattering of the blues!