Paster himself does some very nice work on the mellow "Homecoming" and "Harmonia Mundi," which opens with a minute and a half of solo piano before the horns kick in for awhile, and then he takes over again for some solo work with the rhythm section. The quirky "Suspicious Fishes and Quiches" justifies its title, and the Latin and Brazilian influences he talks about come out clearly in "Lewinparie."
"Once Astray" opens with some mellow sax from Armacost, joined then by Norris and then some subdued bass from Gregory Ryan before Paster takes over. Talk about beautiful. This is it.
"Endgame," the shortest piece on the album, moves closest to the more experimental voice. If anything, it shows these guys can be as much at home with the new sound as they are with the more traditional.