Drummer Barry Altschul
gets to show off his versatility and talents throughout this interesting quartet/quintet set with trombonist Glen Ferris
, Sean Bergin
(doubling on alto and tenor), bassist Andy McKee
and (on two of the five pieces) pianist Mike Melillo
. All of the quirky pieces are group originals (Altschul
contributed three), with the leader's "For Papa Jo, Klook and Philly Too" being a fine tribute to three drummers. In general, the music has many free moments, yet is not afraid to swing or to include melodies. A stimulating set.