An excellent follow up to McBrides "Kind of Brown" album with his new'ish "Inside Straight" band. Like the previous album it has catchy melodies, attractive harmonies and some creative, if at times short, solos. Warren Wolf and Peter Martin really stand out with some excellent contributions and only Steve Wilson slightly disappoints partly for being a tad too low in the sound mix. The tunes are all original with McBride, Wilson, Woolf and Martin all making contributions. That minor gripe aside, there is much good music to be heard here and fans of good natured straight ahead jazz will love it.
Well worth the wait for the follow-up to Kind Of Brown. More great tunes with classy solos, all driven by Christian McBride's superb bass. There are more compositions from the other band members on this CD. Gang Gang from vibes player Warren Wolf sounds Bach-influenced in places, while McBride's New Hope Angel reminds me a bit of Wayne Shorter's style.
Not much more to say than my heading.Christian McBride is one of the greats.This band has a wonderful pianist in Peter Martin and vibraphonist in Warren Wolf.This is a thoroughly enjoyable outing.See them LIve if you can !!