I know that this CD has been mentioned in passing when discussing Tony Minasian's first CD, Hang Around, but I feel it needs it's own thread, since it's more of a musical endeavor in addition to it's sonic achievements.
The only holdover of artists from the first CD to this is Brad Dutz, the percussionist. The other two members are John Fumo on horns and Randy Landas on bass. These guys are at the top of their game.
Influences seem to be from around the world, be it Spain, Persia, the Mediterranean, to the good 'ol USA. One track can make you think you're lounging in some warm, evening, open air cafe to that of a smoke filled room working on that second pour as you ponder your (mis)fortunes.
I feel it's even better than the first outing of the Tonian Trio as it pulls you in musically with the superb sonics icing on the cake. It's the musical themes that are the hook. I wish more artists would take advantage of what Tony can do so audiophiles like us can sit back and simply enjoy the music and for once, not worry about our systems. That is the point after all, isn't it?
All the best,