More fun and musical joy is to be heard on this album, with Josh Berman on cornet, Jason Roebke on bass, and Frank Rosaly on drums. Here the title is more correct, because ‘a dance and a hop’ is exactly what you get. Also starting with boppish foundations, the trio demonstrates again that the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts. This is highly entertaining music, but then of the best kind, clever, inventive, creative with great interaction, and wonderful playing full of little surprises, which is so good, that it made me laugh out loud several times out of sheer joy. On ‘Blues‘ Berman solidly colors outside of the lines, despite the gentle theme. On ‘Your Uncle‘ Roebke gives us some foot-tapping bass solo, and ‘Luggage‘ is a great drum piece with a trio outro. And ‘Bridges‘ is so jazzy and great that you wonder why it took humanity so long to invent jazz.

Stef, FreeJazzBlog

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