Dallas-based tenor saxophonist Marchel Ivery steps out here with a congenial rhythm section fronted by pianist Cedar Walton. This music follows the buddy system -- all smiles and swinging. A few snippets of studio chatter testify to the friendly atmosphere. Ivery reaches his apex on his own medium-tempo ballad "Jeannie's Song" (dedicated to Jeannie Donelly, co-owner of the Recovery Room in Dallas), where he brews a potent blend of bop and blues. The leader's own "Marchel's Mode" opens the session with the saxophonist jabbing phrases over Walton's insistent comping. Walton provides a soulful second solo voice while bassist Lyles West and drummer Ed Soph buoy the session. Soph earns MVP honors. In particular, the way he negotiates through the rhythmic switchbacks of "Escapade" is masterful. His work provides a solid foundation on which Ivery builds a notable session.