They say that variety is the spice of life - well there is plenty of variety and spice to savour in this debut album. Check out Alex's arranging skills throughout ('Hurtin' Me,' 'Nature Boy' etc) and his steamingly percussive playing, especially on 'Aria Baby.'
Highlights are Paul Jayasingha's hot, flowing flugel on 'Africa is da Place For Me,' Bobby Watson's fearsome solo on 'Little Suede Shoes' and lyricism on 'Sophisticated Lady.' Ciyo demonstrates on Baracara Island what an underrated artist he is and one can only wonder at the collective rhythmic pulses achieved by David Giovannini, Thomas akura Dyani and the other rhythm players. The two oustandting vocalists on this disc are Gwyn Jay Allen and Lauren Dalrymple
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