New York trumpeter Nabaté Isles delivers very much a studio project stocked with lots of notables logging-in and out including keyboardist James Francies on a few tracks. Elvin Jones of our times Eric Harland on drums steers the vessel mightily while Rachel Eckroth, Ben Wendel, David Gilmore, the great jazz guitarist from the MBASE era, and many more are on board. Rap deity Chuck D even crops up.
Containing a twin rap and hard bop feel it all sounds more 1990s than anything given serious efforts at the time to merge jazz and rap more than you get nowadays, something the album without even trying addresses. The solution? Juxtapose the two distinct styles in parallel by all means seems to be the brainwave rather than fail to stuff them together in a watered down manner as some have unfortunately tried to do. Isles limits his improvising to stick mainly to melodic paraphrase and En Motion is more about lit-up motivic gems heard every so often lashed to generously buoyant vamps.
The best groove and track is 'Perfect Cadence' where Isles here is at his most pristine and Keyon Harrold-like and is best heard and Gilmore as ever delivers. The album also includes a fittingly vibes splashed version involving Sasha Berliner of Duke Pearson's classic 'Cristo Redentor' introduced back in the day by Donald Byrd on 1964's A New Perspective.