's saxophone playing is key to the changing moods. "Running Man," dedicated to athlete Jesse Owens, has the pace that's to be expected of such a tune. Sharpe's electric bass playing matches Handy's soprano sax note-for-note, while longtime collaborator Onaje Allan Gumbs
' piano is sprightly, with a rolling left-hand pattern that adds to the feeling of movement. Sharpe plays a beautiful Roth double-bass, built in 1935, on most of the tunes but he is also a dexterous 6-string electric bassist. On "Ancestry Delight," his work at the top of that instrument's range has a fluid, lead guitar feel.
Sharpe shares writing duties with his band mates, each of whom compose a tune. Handy's "Lexi's Song" is a beautiful mid-tempo composition driven by a gentle shuffle from drummer Yoron Israel
, whose own "Her All" is a lilting ballad, with Handy delivering the strong melody on tenor sax. Gumbs' "Jump!" is an upbeat number that gives the pianist a chance to stretch out with a percussive solo.
Sharpe's daughter Maya adds a wordless vocal to "Silent War," an unusual tune with a sense of longing that's accentuated by Maya's voice and Sharpe's arco bass solo. She also sings her own lyric to Sharpe's "Breathe Again," the prettiest number here. She has a light, country-tinged, voice with an attractive fragility to it: her voice and Handy's soprano sax form an affecting combination. While Running Man is an attractive collection, it's "Breathe Again" that stands out and suggests a fruitful partnership for the future.