This is an odd little project: 12 songs, six with lyrics sung by a rather arch and warbly Broadway singer (Amy Justman), all hit hard by a heavy-duty jazz quartet (Dick Oatts on reeds, Cameron Brown on bass, Matt Wilson on drums, leader Larry Gelb on piano). Many of the songs are humorous, and not only the vocals. The title track is a twitchy, funky instrumental representation of a cross-country journey (in a “puppy bus”) by Gelb’s Jack Russell Terrier. “The Cave of Mach Pelah” is a Coltrane parody (Oatts, deadpan, deep in character).
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