Sheer instrumentalism is never in doubt when Diego Rivera releases a record. The tenor saxophonist proved that on Mestizo last year just for one example and underlines it once again here with a fiery straightahead-leaning ensemble that includes pianist Art Hirahara and drummer Rudy Royston from last year's release - it's trumpeter Pete Rodríguez instead of Alex Sipiagin and on bass Luques Curtis is here instead of Boris Koslov. Pick of the tracks are the traditional piece associated with John Coltrane that appeared on Africa/Brass, 'Song of the Underground Railroad,' where the Mexican-American unleashes just some of the sheer power and expressive resource at his disposal. Rivera's own tune the lovely ballad 'Dignified Response' is also one of the best things here. And in terms of repertoire the choice of Tony Williams' 'Pee Wee' that was on Miles Davis 1967 album Sorcerer and rarely heard covered these days is also a solid one.