The esteemed drummer Phil Parisot returns with his 3rd album as bandleader, and he's got Jared Hall, Steve Treseler, Dan Kramlich and Michael Glynn along with him for a very creative jazz listen that's actually rooted in influences from the baroque period.
"From The Ancestors" starts the listen with dynamic and busy jazz that highlights Hall's soulful trumpet and Treseler's swift sax prowess, and "Quill And Knife" follows with a calmer delivery, where Kramlich's graceful keys and Parisot's agile drumming make a big impression amid the very focused climate.
"Pay It Forward" occupies the middle spot, and bounces and shakes with a glorious, festive spirit that moves with a timeless energy that flirts with New Orleans ideas, while "Compendium" offers a gentle, very breezy display of sublime interaction between the brass, keys, drums and Glynn's very carefully plucked bass.
Close to the end, the jumpy "Running, Leaping" showcases Kramlich's finger acrobatics alongside Parisot's swift drumming, and "Noble Calling" exits the listen with all the players contributing to a very melodic and calculated finish.
Parisot tips his hat to Johann Sebastian Bach here, and his incredible drum fills as well as the solos from his company help make the outing a post-bop and swing friendly effort that all fans of jazz will enjoy repeatedly.