Easy to hear why Downbeat awarded this one 4 stars. A bit angular as Soul Note releases can sometimes be, but also oddly tender, sometimes as ambiguous as the cover photo. Elgart isn't keeping time as much as adding texture on drums. Battaglia floats, whether his piano is in the background or up front. Wheeler spends most of the time in the spotlight, his trumpet and flugelhorn as gold as the setting sun. Dalla Porta's double bass ties them all together with a beautiful brown tone. He doesn't step out front as often as I'd like, but takes an especially lovely turn on Lullaby for Ugo, and propels Mbira through some surprising turns. An unquestionably European feel on an especially pleasing outing.