Hidden beneath this deceptively amateurish cover art is a suprisingly polished modern jazz album, circa 1965, with tips of the hat to the modal jazz of Miles, the soulful vibe of the Blue Note label and even the harmonically sophisticated and emotionally resonant small-group arrangements of Oliver Nelson. Like Nelson's work, it has an almost cinematic quality. Pianist/leader Michael Garrick comps with a hint of early Cecil Taylor behind the sextet's front line, which inludes altoist Joe Harriott and trumperter Ian Carr, who have definitely been listening to Ornette and Don Cherry. The whole thing is swinging and tasteful and sophisticated, and it won't ruffle any feathers, but it also has an adventuresome, risk-taking spirit that holds your interest from the first note. Even the quality of the recording is spectacular. 'Promises' is most definitely an album that lays to rest any cliches about British jazz as being locked in the trad-jazz era of the 1930s. It's music that is of-the-moment and state-of-the-art.