The quartet is not just a studio-assembled one-off, this is a real working band, and it shows in their performance. Solos are passed smoothly between the players, who are clearly attuned to one another. Marty Nau's saxophone work is particularly noteworthy throughout, but every member of the group gets a chance to shine. Keyboardist Bob Sykes, for instance, provides a textbook example of how the Fender Rhodes should be played on "Tre" and Luther Gray lives up to the demands placed on a drummer in a group led by a bassist. It's just a bit harder to be part of a rhythm section when half of it is likely to be soloing a good portion of the time, but Gray fulfills his role with aplomb.
Albums like this don't exactly turn the jazz world upside down, but they do make it a better place to live in. Bayer's put together a disc that deserves your attention and repeated play.