Michael Fremer Rated 9/11 Music, 10/11 Sonics!
Wycliffe Gordon leads this group of composers/musicians rounded out by Derrick Hodge, Jeremy Pelt, Kendrick Scott, and Warren Wolf.
"...a group of highly accomplished musicians, all of whom were composers/bandleaders... when the group of band leaders/composers got together the results were so harmonious all decided to compose, play and record together, the result being this musically adventurous, often playful and good humored album. It also has some simmering, darker moments and more that are lustrous and beautiful."
"Warren Wolf's mallet work is a highlight here, though everyone shines including the recording engineer Steven Mandel, who somehow makes ProTools sound like tape. This is among the most three-dimensional, warm and transparent digital recordings I've ever heard. When you experience the round shimmer of the vibraphone and the convincing cymbal sound as well as the overall image three-dimensionality you'll have trouble believing it's been recorded digitally... Add gatefold "Tip-on" sleeve packaging, mastering by Roger Seibel at SAE (which I think is now closed and the lathe sold to Jack White's Third Man Records Detroit operation) and pressing at Pallas and you have a record I urge you to buy." - Michael Fremer, analogplanet.com, 9/11 Music, 10/11 Sound
Gatefold tip-on jacket
Pressed at Pallas
Wycliffe Gordon, trombone
Kendrick Scott, drums, vox
Warren Wolf, Jr, piano, vibes, marimba, Fender Rhodes, glockenspiel
Derrick Hodge, bass, piano
Jeremy Pelt, trumpet, flugelhorn
2. The Theme
2. Jake's Dilemma
3. Now Or Never