Harrell’s effervescent flugelhorn and trumpet work provides a silky smooth edge to these rather divergent and largely upbeat sequence of works, awash with resonant flutes, Latin rhythms, and funky beats. In addition, many of these pieces are topped off with addicting melodies and breezy solos by saxophonist Jimmy Greene, keyboardist Xavier Davis and many others.
Cassandra Wilson’s hush toned and altogether soothing vocals on "Leaves," offers notions of a blissful world; partly due to Harrell’s warm soloing. To that end, it becomes easily discernible, that Harrell and his musical associates beckon the listener to feel good about his or herself. With this release, the trumpeter injects a quality of life scenario into these memorably tuneful compositions. (Decidedly recommended.... )