, his longtime partner in Shorter's group, on drums. The trio plays at a supremely high level, Lovano soloing with his usual command and expressiveness and Blade providing subtlety and strength.
Most of the 11 original tunes pay homage to a host of jazz icons. "Blues for Freddie," for example, is a tribute to the recently departed trumpet titan Freddie Hubbard, "Joe Hen" evokes the inside/outside legacy of tenor sax great Joe Henderson and "Sonny Side" celebrates the indefatigable Sonny Rollins. The title tune, meanwhile, is a short, heartfelt solo piece in memory of the late Michael Brecker, highlighting Patitucci's mastery of the electric six-string and piccolo basses. Patitucci also shows off the subtler, emotional side of the electric bass on the Coltrane-esque "Meditations". On two other tunes, "Safari" and "Mali," Patitucci shows he can throw down a heavy funk groove whether he's playing acoustic or electric. The only track that doesn't work is "Scenes from an Opera," mostly for the incongruous injection of a cello quartet into the otherwise spare arrangements.
Track Listing: Monk/Trane; Messaien's Gumbo; Sonny Side; Meditations; Mali; Scenes from an Opera; Blues for Freddie; Safari; Joe Hen; Play Ball; Remembrance (for Michael Brecker).
Personnel: John Patitucci: acoustic bass, 6-string electric bass, 6-string electric piccolo bass; Joe Lovano: tenor saxophone, alto clarinet; Brian Blade: drums; Rogerio Boccato: percussion; Sachi Patitucci: cello.