Michael Webster succeeds at creating vivid imagery through the development of candid themes and unambiguous grooves. There's much more to this New York-based tenor saxophonist than the predictable collage of instrumentalist who also writes tunes. Composition seems to be the impetus for Webster's musical output.
, his second release as a leader, is an alluring collection of accessibility, band cohesiveness, the occasional odd-metered challenge and solid performances. Webster and bassist Ike Sturm sound strong on "Erica's Song," gliding over the waltz tempo with assuredness. Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen lights up the tricky "Indecision" and the left-of-center funk of "Beam Me Up." The latter also features vibraphonist Chris Dingman and guitarist Jesse Lewis in fine form. Jared Schonig keeps a fiery hold on things throughout.