A loving tribute to the late Fred Anderson – delivered by the great Nicole Mitchell
– a wonderful player whose music and style was shaped by Anderson's longstanding role as a teacher on the Chicago jazz scene! The set's one of the most expressive, and possibly one of the most personal records we've heard from Nicole
in years – with sharper edges and more spiritual currents than even some of her already great albums for other labels. Core energy comes from Nicole
's soaring lines on flute, mixed with tenor from David Boykin, piano and Wurlitzer from Craig Taborn, and drums and a bit of guitar from Chad Taylor – all familiar partners who really share both Mitchell
's musical vision, and her respect for Anderson. As the album moves on, it only gets better and better – and Nicole
elevates herself to new heights with these quietly expressive passages – on titles that include "Scaling The Underground", "Discovery Of The Jewel", "Anderson's Plan", "The Heroic Rescue", "The Labyrinth Of Capture", and "Running The Rooftops".