Nice little stewpot of a band, doing accessible jazz dedicated to freedom fighters and the struggle against oppression. Overall focuses on fast rolling horns, with a deep '60s influence but also a bit of traditional big-band color in the writing (even thought it's only a quintet). A few avant-garde moments too, like #2. Fine stuff overall.
The band includes Chicago stalwarts Jeb Bishop (trombone) and Jeff Parker (guitar) as well as Sirota on drums. Also a couple of names I'm not familiar with, Clark Sommers (bass) and Geof Bradfield (sax).
1- Cooking and soulful mid/fast
2- Slowish and free, with samples of speeches from Fred Hampton of the Black Panthers
3- Easygoing strut, ringing guitar riff. Fierce sax solo.
4- Slow, tumbling theme
5- Reggae! Mid/fast
6- Slow and romantic
7- Fast drama, choppy theme
8- A bit fast but somber
9- Mid/fast and cheery, with an odd-time theme. Dedicated to Don Cherry
10- A rich, warm '60s feel; mid-fast
11- Midtempo, warm.