JazzTimes - pp.102-103
"[T]he musicians favor expansive, shape-shifting arrangements that are often laced with lyrical, neatly resolved solos."
Marvin Stamm: Marvin Stamm (trumpet, flugelhorn); Bill Mays (piano); Rufus Reid (bass instrument); Ed Soph (drums).
This live quartet concert from November 5, 2006 has been made available by Jazzed Media in this package both on CD and as a filmed DVD. The only difference between the two mediums is that the DVD also contains closing credits and a little more talking between songs. Trumpeter Marvin Stamm and pianist Bill Mays always make for a very compatible team and that is true throughout these three standards and five originals. Mays, who is often seen playing inside the piano to set up an atmosphere on the more lyrical pieces, is in top form, while Stamm's trumpet and flugelhorn have rarely sounded more beautiful and haunting. With bassist Rufus Reid (who contributed "Come Out and Play") and drummer Ed Soph offering alert and inventive support, all of the musicians play at their best on the advanced hard bop material. The DVD also contains expert camera work which really accentuates one's listening experience. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow