This album has a combination of wonderful talent. The sum doesn't always add up to be more than the parts - but in this case it does. McBride is astounding on bass - the Metheny of bass, if you will. Branford is both articulate and emotionally moving - as one would expect from such a seasoned player. Blanchard gets the job done and Tain is nothing short of marvelous on all tracks. His laid back approach to recording comes thru loud and clear in the results. Ease, Groove oriented, and focused. Not over-rehearsed - as so much jazz tends to be.
"The return of Jitney Man" kicks off the album with an auditory assualt. The next strongest track has got to be "Katrina James." Funknicity at it's best!
Highly recommended. Easily the best "Tain" album and it may rival most of what we hear that is 'new' this year.
Another note - the sound quality and engineering are stellar.