Everyone makes every note COUNT. Schneider's tenor is a joy: his sound comes out of the neglected tenor masters Hank Mobley and Don Byas. The band plays as a unit, a band - this isn't just a thrown-together session. "Nearly Blue" is mainstream jazz of the highest order, proof-positive that jazz doesn't necessarily have to be "out" to be creative. Five and 1/2 stars, and well-worth seeking out.