|Recorded live at The Vision Festival, NYC June 17, 2006.
indeed one of the most intense and explosive sets of this year's
fest. The band was on fire some the first note and my man, Sabir
Mateen, erupted on the first solo on alto sax, the impressive rhythm
team kicking hard underneath Sabir's screaming sax. Matt Heyner
opened the next piece with some mysterious bowed bass, and soon the
theme evolved with a most memorable melody and superb slow burning
solos from Steve's trombone and Sabir's tenor sax. Sabir's solo
started out softly and soon built to boiling point. The third piece
had one of those enchanting South African-like gospelish themes that
we all love so dear, with the under-recognized John Blum playing
another of his great piano solos. Both Steve on trombone and Sabir on
various reeds took a number of impressive solos throughout this fine
set. This is, without a doubt, one of the finest bands to emerge from
the downtown scene in many years.