and Odean Pope
are two performers with a long history whose talents might be somewhat underappreciated through the years. Their performance here with a truncated rhythm section hearkens to the 1960s with its free-wheeling, Let-'em-Loose-Bruce, anything-goes approach. While it sometimes comes across as a somewhat under-rehearsed blowing session, and intonation is a slight problem (for example on "F25"), there is nonetheless enough solid playing to make this a worthwhile purchase. The two horns sound pretty much as they have for decades, and there is nothing particularly new here other than the instrumentation. If you think of this as a sort of freestyle jam with the horns venturing out with some regularity, you will get a sense of what this is about. Lancaster
's chops are intact with an elastic tone, and when he produces -- as he does often, such as on "Suite for Two" -- there are intensely powerful emotions at work. The piano is sorely missed, perhaps a result of the horns sounding so similar (although they have different styles and one is a tenor, the other an alto). Virtually all the tunes were composed by members of the quartet, and are mostly simple heads from which the saxes take off. With strong, decent playing from the horns and good support from the bass and drums, admirers of either Lancaster
should be satisfied with the results.