This album emphasizes Norfolk, Virginia drummer Sinnett’s writing as much as his playing. “Different Strokes,” the 6/8 opener, has a march-like rhythm. “Tony’s Hop” (for Tony Williams) alternates 3/4 and 4/4. “Chris Cross” (not to be confused with Monk’s “Criss Cross”) starts in 4/4 and proceeds to 7/4. The group, a quartet, performs Benny Golson’s “Stablemates” in 5/4. Despite such time signatures, there is no rhythmic awkwardness. In fact, you feel a good groove throughout the album.
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