Produced and orchestrated by Scott McLemore, this quartet utters an in-the-groove tendency, extending mercurial tempos, tonal shades and echelons of intensity. On "Hopeful Instead", "Hold Up ", "Matins", " If You Wish", "At Not Cost to You" , "Ég Veit Ekki", "Ambiguity",and "Worldly Possessions" the quartet’s phrasings ride atop an aesthetic motif, where a dainty beauty unfolds into a frenzied, progressive jazz style.
Scott McLemore, Tony Malaby, Ben Monder and Ben Street yield themselves bountiful soloing space where elaboration, abbreviation, up-tempo hard-bop patterns and smooth ostinatos sift through the frameworks. Tenorist Malaby deploys a dodgy attack with a serious edge and thrilling chops. Malaby knows how to bring about Trane-like moods by soaring heavenward, accentuating a freedom in all of the track’s melody lines.
The key factor of McLemore’s formation is the mastering of a soul-like atmosphere. In the even pace of the music there are sparks of breathing and beating. The rhythm of each musician’s voice spread out innumerable possibilities for McLemore’s compositions.
Bassist Ben Street, drummer Scott McLemore and guitarist Ben Monder also settle down contemporary beats and pulses. One of the multifarious highlights, "Hold Up", holds the quartet’s reflections and free soundscapes, featuring a breezy band. That said, the contrasts and the artist’s notable and wealthy skills provide a winning standing throughout.