Shambroom grounds his quintet with a set of strong performances on baritone sax, except on a pair of tracks which feature his work on soprano, but he makes plenty of room for his bandmates, notably multi-reedman Billy Novick and keyboardist Tom West. While West's offerings give some tracks an undertone of good ol' soul jazz, the music never really goes in that direction. Shambroom is essentially a hard bop composer, with a deft touch for ballads, as well. It's just that as a leader, he's willing to let his sidemen offer their favorite flavors to the sound, so that while the music can be stylistically defined, it's never stylistically stereotyped.
He expands the group to include guitarist Larry Carsman on three tracks, and drummer Zac Casher sits in place of Ed Scheer on a pair of numbers, but the changing faces doesn't effect the essential unity of a group of players who sound like they stay up late doing this as often as they can.
Strong compositions, solid ensemble work and impressive solos from all the principles make Include Me Out a straight-ahead standout.