has quickly developed into one of the world's great bassists, both on acoustic and electric. He is not on the same level as a composer, but is steadily improving, as witnessed by the music on this fine release. There are many bass solos as one would expect (Patitucci
's high-note flights often sound like a guitar), but he does leave space for his sidemen, most notably keyboardist John Beasley
(who has two numbers without the bassist), trumpeter Jeff Beal
, and one selection apiece for the steel drums of Andy Narell
and Mike Brecker
's tenor. A few tracks are throwaway funk, but there are enough surprise twists and unusual improvisations to make this a recommended disc even for adventurous listeners.