The mildly Middle Eastern-tinged ballad "Bedouin Trail" recalls the more "exotic" compositions of Charles Tolliver ("Along the Nile"), Jackie McLean and Wayne Shorter. Eubanks' "Metamorphos" has a touch of the early-60s Blue Note "funky/soul-bop" sound along with its quirky melodic line and alternately punchy (Eubanks) and Konitz-cool flavored (Wilson) solos, before flirting with "out" passages. "Ario" is a genuinely pretty ballad (also Blue Note-ish), with nice unison play/interplay from the horns.
This is not a cutting-edge nor introspective session from Holland (who's still one of the best bassists on the planet, with that sturdy, supple tone), but a relatively straight-ahead one. And a good one, at that--it won't put you in orbit, but it's well worth a trip to the store. (And for jazz neophytes, not a bad album to start off with.)