by Michael P. Gladstone
Drummer Rich Austin leads his quartet in a fine début recording for this New Jersey combo. Each member of the group brings something different to the table, and I was most impressed by pianist Bob McHugh's playing/compositions and altoist Tommy LaBella's fluency and lyricism. On bass, Ron Naspo gets in some nifty arco solos on Endearing Young Charms" and does likewise on Time Was (Duerme)," beginning with a statement of the lovely melody.
McHugh contributes the first three tunes, which ...read more