Masada Book Two
Any of these volumes featuring any of the actual Masada configurations are the highlights of the series and this one is no exception. With Joe lovano filling in on Sax, this is the closest we have got to the original Masada quartet and with track six we get the actual original group, with JZ actually playing on that one track but still with the additional Lovano and, as with the rest of the record, the additional piano of Uri Caine to complete this Quintet. Funnily enough though this is kinda the most un-Masada like set with it sounding much more like a contemporary jazz album with the Klezmer element much less pronounced on most of the set to my ears.
Still a good album with the usual excellent high quality of playing we expect from these projects and a mixed set of swing numbers, slower more atmospheric ones and some more out there tunes just to cover the bases. A great listen and deserving of a Roddus Rating of 4.5/5.