The Smokin' Section sextet is augmented by Ronnie Cuber's baritone sax and some judicious multi-tracking of Gollehon's trumpet, giving some of the tracks an updated big band style, but this isn't to be confused with the neo-swing "big bands" of recent vintage. There's more in common with Dizzy Gillespie's fabled bop version of the form, as befits a disc that name checks one of the great names in bebop. The closing song, Gollehon's "Bebop Revolution," is offered in both an instrumental version and with a narrative by Tamm E. Hunt that memorializes the bop era. It's a look back that provides an excellent summation to an album that updates the bebop style forcefully and brilliantly.
Berklee grad Mac Gollehon is well known as a top session player for a variety of rock, R&B and pop sessions, and with this set he continues to establish himself as an outstanding leader in the jazz field as well.