. Accompanying Reid on this outing are guitarist Richard Padron, keyboardist Pablo Vergara keyboards, bassist Daniel Loomis and drummer Kenny Grohowski. Jeff Taylor contributes wordless vocals on selected tracks, as does percussionist Ryan Fitch.
"Sleeping Beauty" begins as a haunting piece, with Padron's eerie electric guitar lead. Reid joins on the melody, with Grohowski supplying subtle cymbal strikes and Taylor contributing to the background. The energy cranks up during Reid's solo, with all the players deeply involved, but then all goes quiet during Vergara's piano solo. The song then reverts to its upbeat melody; while each instrument appears to be in its own direction, they all complement one another.
"New Days" is another tune that starts subtly, as Reid and Vergara welcome the dawn during a tranquil passage. The sound builds slowly, peaking with Taylor's voice complementing the instruments as the song then shifts to a vibrant interlude, with Reid and Padron engaging in a high-speed tutti. The music softens during Padron's Metheny-like solo, with Reid following. As the saxophonist warms up, Taylor matches him in counterpoint until the two link up for the closing sequence.
The eight-minute opus, "The Most Beautiful Girl I Ever Knew," is an eloquent tribute to Reid's sister, who died when he was 13. "Firelight" follows with more high energy. Grohowski is exceptional in his mixing of snare, toms and cymbals, with furious rolls at key points. Padron's electric guitar solo is a balancing act between Carlos Santana