Ed Schuller is a talented bassist, and he is surrounded here by a group of familiar faces. Which leads to the obvious question: why isn't this a stronger album than it is? Featuring all Schuller originals, and boasting generous solos from trombonist Gary Valente, saxophonist Mark Goldsbury, guitarist Bill Bickford, and Schuller himself, the group never quite gels, although there is some fine playing throughout. The silly rap vocals on the lengthy title piece are counter-balanced by the funky, danceable numbers that faithfully combine solid jazz performances with accessible rhythm. Valente boasts a full-throated, raunchy sound that fills the hall, and drummer Ronnie Burrage sports plenty of power, while Goldsbury holds his own.
Nonetheless, this is a prime example of the sum not quite equaling the parts. While Schuller and Valente aficionados will doubtless find something to savor, others will find this a mixed bag.
|Just Say Yes / Ed Schuller||Ed Schuller||7:12|
|Zoology / Ed Schuller||Ed Schuller||7:46|
|Qualify Your Funk / Ed Schuller||Ed Schuller||4:23|
|Wave Forms No. 1 / Ed Schuller||Ed Schuller||4:51|
|Wave Forms No. 2 / Ed Schuller||Ed Schuller||11:19|
|Koch's Curve / Ed Schuller||Ed Schuller||5:48|
|Is There a Beauty in the Beast / Ed Schuller||Ed Schuller||6:19|
|Clave for Collin / Ed Schuller||Ed Schuller||9:24|
|Life Circle / Ed Schuller||Ed Schuller||8:53|
|Snake Dancing / Ed Schuller||Ed Schuller||8:35|