On this endeavor, the quintet somewhat fittingly, soars skyward as tubaist Marcus Rojas provides the mobile, lower-end backbone to complement a sequence of brassy passages, and harmonious choruses. At times, the band judiciously enacts a sense of adventure via sonorous phrasings and alternating rhythmic flows. Douglas, and multi-reedman Michael Moore generate gobs of excitement, whether performing swing-based unison lines or tempering the variable progressions.
The band also engages in a bit of turbulence, coupled with somber inferences amid a clear-cut depiction of hiking up a steep mountain along with the exhausting physical elements involved. On "Gumshoe," the quintet’s medium tempo swing vibe generates a calming effect. But in other segments, Douglas rips through 16th notes with near effortless ease, especially during "Cannonball Run," where he mixes it up nicely with Moore and cellist Peggy Lee. Other highlights abound throughout the preponderance of this musical narrative set into motion by Douglas’ interpretations and execution of an undeniably unique proposition. (Strongly recommended.... )