Classy modern mainstream jazz with echoes of the hard bop legacy of jazz are apparent in this album co-led by pianist Sumi Tonooka and tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay. Joined by bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Bob Braye, they make a nicely paced album of original compositions. The ballad “Somewhere Near Heaven” is spare and thoughtful with a great economy of notes and energy. The title song “Initiation” is fast paced with urgent piano comping, and strong muscular tenor. “Mingus Mood” eschews the great bassist’s fiery side and instead turns out to be a moody and introspective ballad.
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