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Craig McIver

”From the opening son-of-Max Roach drum essay you know this is a drummer's date. McIver, who is a well-rounded percussionist, follows that opener with the aptly-titled 'Run,' which is full of requisite fire and drive like a victorious 400 meter dash...This is a combustible, drum-proud date. McIver crisply addresses his kit and augments with marimba, tympani, and overdubbed electronics in a tasteful way; his music has an orchestrated quality and this is overall a very spirited release. Craig McIver certainly knows his way around the traps.” - The Independent Ear

“Drummer Craig McIver has been making waves as the drummer of choice for a number of Philadelphia's finest including Odean Pope, Bobby Zankel, Khan Jamal and others...This is definitely a drummer's date. 'Can't Hide,' the opener is a well-developed drum solo that sets the tone for the rousing set to come. It segues into the hyper 'Run' with a tricky muscular head that gets the entire sextet charging. Saxophonist Ben Schacter is particularly inspired with a dynamic, energetic solo that reminds of fellow Philadelphian Odean Pope in its inspired intensity. (But be assured, Schacter is his own man.)

McIver is going for something a little different with this release. He intersperses various percussion solos and interludes throughout the program. The final three tracks form the 'Metronomic Suite' and are a nice trio of pieces with which to end the disc. Everyone is featured and Bobby Zankel guests on the final track 'Reflections Passing.' This is the best track on the disc and comes off as an odd, almost Sun Ra-ish type chart with its tympani, off-kilter rhythm, unusual voicings and melody line. I found myself returning often to this track.

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