What's a sax man to do when he wants to do something new and different without seeming precious? Rather than find some new country to exploit for world beat purposes, how about an era mash up? There are passages here when you can hear Louis' Nawlins, mixing with 50s daddio, mixing with Miles pushing his sax man du jour farther in to outer space mixed with a bunch of funk while tipping your toes in the waters of St. Thomas----all at the same time. And it works gloriously! A nu synthesis that works without feeling derivative, Maxwell won't be Chicago's own much longer with new ideas like this leading the way. A progressive date that doesn't leave you in the dust, this is a fine example of nu jazz sans intimidation. What will they think of next? Check it out.