I hesitate in using the word clever when talking about the music most of the time because it can be interpreted as something cynical or sneaky but in the case of "Essence Of Green" I'll use it in a very positive way.
As a "tribute" release it could have easily fallen into the predictable trap of taking "Kind Of Blue" material and changing a chord here or a rhythm there making it a weak attempt at bringing new life into overly used material but
Di Salvio's conceptual direction is like few that have done tribute releases. Instead he writes original material with "Kind Of Blue" compositions as a point of departure and at the same time making the tribute totally unique to him.....with his musical stamp - with an obvious nod to Miles. From my perspective that's the way you should do a tribute recording. Then putting the great Jimmy Cobb on the recording.....clever.
I'm hoping others are enjoying this one as much as I am.