A Reflected Journey is a quintet date, but it doesn't have a quintet date feel about it. The man of the hourtrumpeter Tom Goehringdoubles on flugelhorn, and his front line partner, the ever engaging and well-rounded Roger Rosenberg
, covers baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone and bass clarinet. With all of those horns in the picture, and a large variety of different pairing possibilities at hand, Goehring's able to paint in diverse fashion from track to track during this nine-song program.
Goehring, an eternal student of this music who's studied with everybody from dearly departed trumpeter Laurie Frink to pianist Barry Harris
. Now, with A Reflected Journey, Goehring takes center stage on record.
The program is split between originals and standards, with four Goehring compositions at the top and five old favorites at the bottom. The most notable of the originals are the feisty "Clarion Call," which gives drummer Paul Wells
-derived setting. Goehring's trumpet appears on both of these tracks, but he puts his flugelhorn to good use on the title track and the mellow "For Beverly." The covers section of the program starts off with a spirited take on trumpeter Thad Jones