Jon Irabagon is one of the world's great bebop saxophonists and rarely disappoints given his prodigious talent and the fact that he does not take himself too seriously. So there is often a lot of spirit and life force in whatever he does. This digital only record inspired by a roadtrip to South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming has several plus points. The core group includes one of the best avant pianists anywhere in Matt Mitchell. If you are a Tim Berne fan you will know what I mean. Irabagon and Mitchell certainly did the business on Snark Horse too if you recall that epic. Mitchell doesn't play particularly out so this shows his innate versatility in more niche bebop apparel. And it's Dan Weiss on drums who does sterling work habitually with Chris Potter. The bassist is also a familiar and welcome name to wrap the night around in Chris Lightcap - think Superbigmouth. The guests aren't too shabby either. And it's exciting to hear one of these the great MBASE muchacho Miles Okazaki play yes like Charlie Hunter (who would have thunk it?) on the title track. Okazaki's Thisness tantalised in 2022. Also to dig is the version of Dizzy Gillespie's 'Bebop' a piece that can't really be anything other than ragged because it's supposed to be loose. God knows what key signature and tuning Irabagon uses on it - song in the key of vinegar rolling out the barrel. More please. Be good to yourselves and start at the end why not as trumpeter Adam O'Farrill is so nice and sleazy on 'Needles' it's simply untrue. As we await the next magnum opus from Zhenya Strigalev Rising Sun satisfies all bebop hunger pangs.