Recorded at RCA Studio A, New York, New York in January 1985. Includes liner notes by Stanley Crouch.
Without overtly meaning to, Wynton and Co. have created a superb tribute to the classic Miles Davis Quintet of the mid-1960s (the edition featuring Wayne Shorter's sax, Herbie Hancock's piano, Ron Carter's bass and the late Tony Williams' drums) without coming off as a pale imitation. The interplay of Wynton's group is so tight and empathetic it's uncanny. No one over-plays, and the various instrumental elements combine perfectly into a seamless whole. The tunes are memorable and have a strong sense of dynamics. Modern small-group jazz (rooted in the '60s traditions a la Miles and Wayne) at its very best.