The trumpet extraordinaire Eric Jacobson is in the company of Geof Bradfield (tenor sax), Bruce Barth (piano), Dennis Carroll (bass) and George Fludas (drums) for these 8 harmonic, rhythmic and meticulous jazz songs.
"New Combinations" starts the listen with a frisky pace of warm brass, energetic drums and timeless jazz sensibilities that we could never tire of, and "Discover" follows with a soulful quality that emits much beauty amid the cautious textures.
Halfway through, "The Unknown" is a reflective and rich album highlight that benefits much from Barth's sublime keys, while "Sir John" bops and shakes with an infectious spirit that spolights Jacobson's skilled trumpet prowess.
The final 2 tracks, "One Way" and "Old Folks", don't disappoint either, where the former radiates a free jazz sort of exploration, and the latter exits with an intimate mood that's quite absorbing.
A very stylish and accomplished outing, these tracks can swing firmly, but also retreat to calm in the very capable hands of these 5 esteemed musicians.