's "Celia," where all three trade opening shots in the quick head of the piece, as Harvie S readily proves his popularity among New York musicians with both introductory and solo spaces. DeRosa establishes a pliant 4/4, over which Morgan proves, thankfully, to be pretty far away from Miles Davis
on Rollins' "St. Thomas," with the snare dropped and a solo full of cymbals and West African rhythm. "Like Someone in Love" is given a jaunty treatment, propelled by Harvie S. The piece rapidly evolves into a quiet ballad, DeRosa almost inaudible, as Morgan plays with beauty and command, illustrating something between hard bop and mainstream. This is perfect music for the jazz conservative looking for melodic playing with a lot of space around it.
's "Prince Albert" may reveal Morgan's closest relationship with a trumpeter from the past. This is chamber jazz, devoid of Third Stream musings. It is as stripped down and cleaned up as jazz can be. The result is a fresh sound full of warmth and swing. Morgan lives up to all of the attention she has been garnering and then some.
Track Listing: Opening Line; Nica's Dream; Celia; Dark Continent; Like Someone in
Love; Prince Albert; Sizzle; Calypso Blue.