Relapsin' with the Tim Hamel Quartet
The leader has gigged around these parts for a while, and his fleet, bop trumpet, clean lines and articulate urgency deserves a bigger hearing, especially since he can write too- all dozen tunes on this disk recorded last year. With the intuitive smarts of guitarist Lee Wallace, the front line has unique textures to offer, while bass Mark Cashion and drummer Greg pilo cruise confidently through Hamel's perky compositions. Top track: The title piece is a stylish example of Hamel's hustle. - Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star.