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The Northwestern grad whose day job for the last 35 years has been to be a mainstay drummer for every major Broadway production to hit the boards of the great white way or take to the road subsidizes his love of jazz by packing up the old gang to hang out in Nawlins delivering what strangely feels like a classic piano trio date even though the size and shape differs.  Even if 35 years ‘merely’ takes us back to the early 80s, this bunch has old school delightfully tattooed on their DNA making you sure this is a missing Blue Note date.  This is the kind of sure handed, killer stuff that can only happen when you’ve put your 100,000 hours in.  Well done.
Chris Spector - Midwest Record Review

Michael’s drums and percussion mastery lead this fine quartet in a most memorable jazz set that will have true jazz fans ’round the globe clamoring to get this release.  Fresh and tasty are the keyboards for this 35-year veteran, especially on great tunes like the 7:02 “Speak Like a Child“… the recording is superb, and captures every little nuance of each instrument!  It’s quite clear that these players are “in tune” with each other (in addition to Michael’s drums, you’ve got reed man David Evans, pianist Matt Lemmler and bassist Tim Aucoin) communicating in unison with you, the listener.  If it’s high-energy and funky beats you’re listening for, you’ll totally dig their interpretation of Herbie Hancock’s “Eye of the Hurricane“… if you’re (at all) like me, you’ll find yourself replaying this one a couple of times a day.  The beautiful piano intro to the title tune, “Reunion“, segues easily into the lovely Latin jazz mood it was intended to convey.  I give Michael and his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this excellent sonic journey.     
Dick Metcalf - Rotcod Zzaj - Improvijazzation Nation

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Michael Brothers, Drums
Matt Lemmler, Piano
Tim Aucoin, Bass
David Evans, Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet

Fresh, imaginative arrangements of several jazz classics, some not-so-standard standards and a gorgeous, original title track.

59th GRAMMY Awards® First Ballot consideration including Jazz Instrumental Album; Improvised Jazz Solo; Instrumental Composition; Arrangement, Instrumental; Engineered Album, Non-Classical; Record Of The Year; Album Of The Year; Best New Artist