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This quintet album was recorded in 1990 and I've had a copy for well over fifteen years. It is an album of contemporary modern jazz. The music is mostly written by Joe Lovano, with just one piece, a ballad written by a friend, Emil Boyd. I don't find the music as engaging nor as approachable as the music on, say, " From the soul" recorded a year later. That is not to say that I dislike the music, far from it but I, personally, find the tracks variable some being far more to my taste that others. Most tracks are melodic rather than discordant. However the tunes are not the type that you want to whistle along with!

Joe is a major player in present day music (2014). On this album he plays tenor throughout. His tone and style is unique and difficult to pigeon hole. His playing tends to lean towards the Stan Getz / Zoot Sims style but there are definitely hints of Coltrane and Rollins. In fact the title track "Landmarks along the way" refers to a comment once made by Rollins concerning the construction of his often complex and long solos.

On this album of ten tracks Joe is joined by guitarist John Abercrombie, pianist Ken Werner, bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Bill Stewart. For the music this a perfect combination. All five musicians make appropriate contributions.

This music is music to listen to; to engage with. It isn't "dinner jazz". Now nearly twenty five years old it remains a good example of music of the era.
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