There is a rather melancholy feel to this recording, marked by an otherworldly air.
After a somewhat disjointed trumpet solo by Wynton Marsalis on "Shooting Star" Nash's multi note entrance livened things up a bit.
"Jump Start" This blues number opens with the Trumpet and Tenor in unison. Marcus Printup's Clark Terry like solo adds some interest to the overall ambiance. Ted Nash's somber soliloquy follows the blues mode. One feels the need for more melodic content and the choppiness of the drums could be smoothed out a bit.
"Ida's Spoons" returns to a more boppish feel. The ensemble gathered some steam with a fine rendition. Nice unison work again by Printup's and Nash. Nash's Tenor solo is by far the highlight of this recording. The choppy drum backing did no favors to Frank Kimbrough's fine piano work.
There is despondency inherent in this recording, but the overall talent of the artists saves the day. Esoterica reigns supreme to the detriment of swing.