The second release (following an obscure set for Osmosis in 1983) by this underrated saxophone ensemble has one original apiece from three of the players (altoist Ed Jackson
, tenor saxophonist Rich Rothenberg
and baritonist Jim Hartog
) and two from the group's best-known player, altoist Bobby Watson
. The Twenty-Ninth Street Sax Quartet
, on this album from Watson's
small label New Note, offers an alternative to the freer a cappella sax playing of the World Saxophone Quartet
and Rova but is also adventurous in its own way. Highlights include the spirited "K.C.Q.," "Watch Your Step" (which is a good feature for all of the players) and the somewhat scary "Hotel de Funk."