On Todd Marcus’ second album, the bass clarinetist switches between a quartet showcasing his drive and one stressing his more thoughtful side. The tracks featuring pianist George Colligan and Warren Wolf (here on drums rather than vibes) are denser, if no less heartfelt. Performances with pianist Xavier Davis and drummer Eric Kennedy are more liquid, particularly both parts of “Herod,” among Marcus’ more pointedly political pieces. Eric Wheeler plays bass throughout, and he drives.
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