Composer-pianist Josh Nelson takes us on a journey to the red planet in his concept-driven new recording. Exploring Mars was inspired by the four robotic rovers exploring the planet and Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles". The sounds and feeling of the music certainly reflects the interstellar journey on which the listener embarks from the very first cut. The production quality lives up to the objective. Likewise, the musicianship is stellar with some impressive performances by Nelson on acoustic and electric pianos and trumpet, Larry Koonse on guitar, Dave Robaire on bass, Dan Schnelle on drums. The sound is augmented by John Daversa on trumpet, Alan Ferber on trombone, Brian Walsh on bass clarinet. Singer Kathleen Grace provides wonderful vocals on the project, which is comprised almost entirely of Nelson's outstanding compositions. Check this one out and enjoy the ride.