Steven Lugerner delivers a tribute to the advanced hard bopper Jackie McLean with an impressively assertive and swinging team of JJ Kirkpatrick/tp, Richard Sears/p, Garret Lang/b and Michael Mitchell/dr. The leader has a sharp and acrid tone, quite similar to the legend himself, and it works well on the bluesy “Hip Strut” while he languishes along with Kirkpatrick’s horn on “Melody for Melonae.” The brooding moods of “On the Nile” has Lugerner crying and shrieking, while Sears sleek and ectomorphic  piano is a nice balance on “ Cancellation” and the hiply strutting “Das Dat.” The team is definitely swing, swang and swingin’ here.

George W. Harris (Jazz Weekly) - full article link

photo, photoBeth Beauchamp