Slawson writes all the material, and it's uneven. "Center Court" is the most dramatic and shapely piece, "The Swirl" the most engaging. A few tracks seem more exhibitionistic than integrated; others, more anecdote than story. Sometimes the showing off outweighs the delivery. Still, Kassaba is one of the more engaging and far-reaching groups to touch on jazz in Cleveland in the past few years. It's well on its way to creating an atmosphere that's both pleasant and stimulating.
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