New Orleans has always generated a healthy mixture of cultural styles, and its brand of contemporary jazz is no exception. NO-based Albert-Ankrum Project’s eponymous disc starts off with a samba entitled "Salvador," and features co-leader Jeff Albert’s agile trombone chops. "It Cannot Be Exhausted By Use," despite somewhat challenging and beboppish chord changes, does not impair the ability of Albert, guitarist Jesse Lewis, or saxophonist Larry Ankrum to craft melodic solos. "Darling," from the pen of drummer Louis Romanos, begins with a gentle intro from Jesse Lewis, which continues into an attractive waltz and interesting soprano sax solo from Ankrum.
Guests Steve Masakowski on guitar and Ricky Sebastian on drums give the group sound a different flavor in the aforementioned "Salvador," and also on "’toon’s Tune" and Lennon and McCartney’s "Norwegian Wood." "’toon’s Tune" has a decidedly New Orleans second line groove, and the Beatles tune features some interesting counterpoint between the horns. "Psycho Kitty" is the closer of the disc, and is a blues with a skittering head and loose feel enhanced by the nodding-off beat of Romanos.