The set that Dorsey and his cohorts have produced has a low-key feel, emphasizing Bower on hand percussion rather than drum set, and tempos that are on the slow side. This is music that creeps up on you rather than overwhelming with speed and technique. The program is nicely balanced, the selections unfolding in the manner of a suite, shifting between subtly different rhythmic feelings and tonal colors, reflecting Dorsey's interest in World music and folk elements.
The set opens with Bower playing what sounds like ghatam, leading into Xander's Dance in a 6/8 feel with Pomares on soprano, followed by Call and Response in a true waltz time with the saxophonist shifting to tenor and Bower laying out. Evening Awaits features Piorin's guitar in ballad mode, Miss an 8/8 feel with both tenor and soprano, while Las Olas Del Mar is a gentle Bossa Nova with bass clarinet and acoustic guitar. Remembrance puts Pomares out front on tenor saxophone, opening with a cadenza before moving into an improvisation over slow-moving chords. After such exotica, Wednesday Nite emerges like a breath of fresh air with a simple swing feel, featuring Piorin's electric guitar dubbed over his acoustic instrument, again minus percussion. The set ends with Inner Journey a kind of Maiden Voyage-like vamp over which all the soloists have a chance to shine.
Many artists take two or three albums to find their true voice. Dorsey is already planning a second recording that more effectively exploits the group member's multi-instrumental talents, as well as more African and other World music rhythms. This promises to be interesting. Even more interesting would be a third album if he manages to integrate this approach with the more low-key ambiance exhibited here. If, like me, you would like to find out if he can bring that off you had better support the effort and buy a copy of Inner Journey.