For some reason, I'd never associated trombone jazz with album titles like "The Chase"... but Nick & his (many) musical cohorts surely pull it off on great tunes like the stunning opener, "Life Happens"... in fact, this tune has some of the highest energy licks I've heard (yet) in 2016. The title track, "The Chase", uses plenty of cut & run changes to enhance the sense of movement & (possibly) danger! When it comes to compositions like this, it's all about timely execution, and these gents are right ON it on every note. For something a bit more laid-back & bluesy, you'll greatly groove on "While You're Gone"... it's still jam-packed with energy, but in a smoky-room atmosphere, if you will. For all-around best jazz feel, though, it was the 6:44 "Spheres of Influence" that got my vote for personal favorite of the eleven dazzling performances offered up... the players are so together on this tune that your ears will demand repeated listens to capture the full impact of their talent. I give Nick & his friends a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an "EQ" (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this fine jazz release.