George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Trombonist and composer Ed Neumeister conducts a rich toned big band which mixes clever charts and swinging solos. Rich Perry’s tenor is warm and strong on the swinging “New Groove” and Billy Drewes’ clarinet glistens through the sections on “Dog Play.” The rhythm section chugs along well on “Locomotion” as both the leader’s ‘bone and Dic Oatts’ tenor add coal to the engine’s fire, and David Berkman’s piano is evocative on the thoughtful “Processize.” While coming across as “an arranger’s band,” the sound is anything but sterile; these guys cook like Bobby Flay.

 

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