"Precisely Now" is an all-hands treat. With bass, drums, piano, and vibraphone providing the rhythm, Booth and Smith blend for an engaging melody. After the opening sequence, a tenor solo becomes a harmonious duet. The saxophones give way to Hart, with Janisch and Blake throwing down behind the vibes. Vibes and tenor enjoy a spirited call and response. Though the full ensemble is strong, the tenors are out front most of the way.
The classic "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" showcases a straightforward trio, with Goldberg carrying the lead. During the pianist's middle solo, Janisch and Blake are thoroughly involvedeach in his own world while staying connected to Goldberg's.
"Serenade of the Seas" is one of the more ambitious tracks. Booth leads, backed subtly but effectively by Hart, Janisch, and Blake. The vibraphone solo is haunting, an effect complemented by Blake's mix of rim shots, tom rolls, and cymbals. Booth's solo is equally dramatic.
Purpose Built is a strong debut by Janisch. With eight original songs, he shows his strength as a composer instead of relying on remakes of standards, with the variable lineup showing some versatility.
Precisely Now; Adelante; Love is a Many Splendored Thing; Shumshi; Milestones; Serenade of the Seas; Pukl-n-Pappo; Sofa Stomp; Lost Creek; Blood Count; Beep; Moment's Notice.
Michael Janisch: acoustic and electric bass; Paul Booth, Walter Smith III: tenor sax; Jim Hart: vibraphone; Jason Palmer: trumpet; Mike Moreno, Phil Robson: guitar; Aaron Goldberg: piano; Patrick Cornelius: alto sax; Johnathan Blake: drums.