George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Mike Casey plays alto and tenor sax along with the Spartan and free support of Corey Garcia/dr and Matt Dwonszyk/b for a mix of originals and post bop covers. The rhythm team has fun on “Mack The Knife”  while the drummer bears down hard to create a groove for Casey’s sharp alto on “Hydraulics” and the bluesy “Turnaround.” The leader gets lyrical over Garcia’s brushes on ”Heartbreak” while Dwonszyk’s bass creates a rich pulse on “ Miles Mode” before Garcia opens up for a hard hitting drum solo. The closing “Little Melonae” is both kinetic and loose, rising like a tidal wave around a rich bass solo.  Lots of fun surprises.

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