Blazing unison lines open this high-energy collection of original quintet music. The razor-sharp focus of trumpeter Paul Tynan and baritone saxophonist Aaron Lington, both co-leaders and composers for the disc, is quickly revealed on the opening track "Folklike." The music for their third installment of the Bicoastal Collective may be far removed from the Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams idea of a trumpet/baritone front line, but no less engaging.
Lington and Tynan both write with a lyrical flair and an awareness for meaty solo space that is eagerly devoured. Both leaders solo exceptionally, especially on Tynan's waltz "Tgok" and Lington's swinging "Zephyr." Guitarist Corey Christiansen steals the show with blistering, distorted phrases on "Stat."
Dan Murphy on Rhodes, Ashley Summers on bass and drummer Jon Deitemyer contribute fervently to this dynamic release.