Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott bring their trumpets to these jazz-fueled pieces that celebrate Fats Navarro, Howard McGhee, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw's recordings, and they've got Orrin Evans, Michael Glynn and Roy McCurdy along for the ride.
"One Day at a Time" opens the listen with the bright brass and McCurdy's swift drums making for a lively and melodic landscape, and "I Told You So" follows with Evans' meticulous piano helping cultivate a soulful and bouncy climate you won't soon forget.
Elsewhere, the animated trumpets of "Broadway" is complemented by the frisky rhythm section, while "Art Deco" really spotlights the agile brass interaction from the pair's cautious horns via the nice balance of intimacy and exploration.
"Front Row Family" and "So Long Eric" exit the listen, where the former benefits much from Glynn's playful bass work amid the swift energy, and the latter brings a fluid big band-esque flavor to the dynamic and adventurous finish.
A listen packed with melodic sensibilities, Vega, Marriott and company make for a technical, creative and exciting body of work that will resonate for decades to come.