Credit much of that to saxophonist James Massoth, who grounds the composers' ethnic themes and occasional soft jazz impulses with consistently challenging, typically bop-inspired, solos that are the highlights of the album for me. Like so many great soloists before him, Massoth's gift is finding the jazz heart in a song that might otherwise take another direction, and he exploits that gift masterfully here.
The quartet gets a vocal assist from Grazyna Auguscik on the first track, and guitarist William Boris is a solid contributor to eight cuts. Trumpeter Carey Deadman leads a four piece horn section on Stanciauskas' funk flavored "Kombo Klub."
There's solid play from everyone on hand, and some striking new songs by a band that offers music which could move easily between jazz club and festival stage settings. If contemporary jazz with an international edge catches your interest, Streetdancer will hold it.