Despite my enthusiasm for the synergy of the quartet, perhaps my favorite track is “The Aviator”, a duet with Anderson and Hansen. As suggested by the title, this track shows that Anderson can indeed fly and he puts his heart into this emotional piece. Again, Hansen’s piano work is significant and thoughtful.
Track ten is the last and one of the shortest and most intriguing on the CD. The title “Moving On” suggests a busy immediate future that is waiting just beyond the short “goodbye” of this track.
When referring to a business, we look to the person whose name is on the sign and in this case, Dave Anderson delivers. Anderson’s performance on sax is precise yet soulful and displays the maturity of a seasoned musician despite his youth. He’s written pieces that define what jazz in the 21st century is all about. His compositions offer the various members of the group opportunities to display their own significant talents. With a nod to the past and soundly rooted in the present, he throws down a challenge not only to himself, but the entire jazz community itself. Let’s see where jazz can go!