The album opens with a familiar sounding Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers-type riff on "Sand Crab," and for the most part all seven tunes range from pleasant to impressive. My favorite moments occur on "Tynerisms," on which John Gunther launches into a Coltranesque soprano sax solo circa 1960, followed by a pungent Mark Patterson trombone statement. The following tune, "Harmony Peace," is also attractive and nicely rendered. Gisbert gets in some strong trumpet statements throughout the session and the rhythm section delivers nicely. Gunnison contributes two tunes, of which "Five Years Ago" is a standout.
The album ends, unexplicably, with a one minute outtake of "Modern Man" which consists of the group breaking up in laughter. I guess it shows that these guys can laugh at themselves!
Track Listing: Sand Crab, Shelf Life, Tynerisms, Harmony Peace, Modern Man, That's All, Five Years Ago, Essence of Modern Man.
Personnel: Greg Gisbert, trumpet; John Gunther, saxes,flute; Mark Patterson, trombone; Erik Gunnison,piano; Mark Simon, bass; Paul Romaine,drums.
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