Tenor saxophonist Carlos Garnett
is in fine form on this set, which is more accessible than expected considering his roots in the avant-garde. Although Garnett
is the main soloist, there are spots for pianist Carlton Holmes
(who deserves to be better known), trumpeter Derrick Gardner
, and trombonist Robert Trowers
. The music includes a Latinized version of "Giant Steps," a credible remake of "My Favorite Things," a lyrical "Delilah," and the up-tempo modal blues "McCoy Next Block" and "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise" among the highlights. Garnett
's tone may take a little getting used to, and though there are quite a few familiar tunes on this album, these versions are fresh, creative, and often full of subtle surprises.