Primary Instrument: Drums
From the opening son-of-Max Roach drum essay you know this is a drummer's date. McIver, who is a well-rounded percussionist, follows that opener with the aptly-titled 'Run,' which is full of requisite fire and drive like a victorious 400 meter dash...This is a combustible, drum-proud date. McIver crisply addresses his kit and augments with marimba, tympani, and overdubbed electronics in a tasteful way; his music has an orchestrated quality and this is overall a very spirited release. Craig McIver certainly knows his way around the traps. - The Independent Ear
Drummer Craig McIver has been making waves as the drummer of choice for a number of Philadelphia's finest including Odean Pope, Bobby Zankel, Khan Jamal and others...This is definitely a drummer's date. 'Can't Hide,' the opener is a well-developed drum solo that sets the tone for the rousing set to come. It segues into the hyper 'Run' with a tricky muscular head that gets the entire sextet charging. Saxophonist Ben Schacter is particularly inspired with a dynamic, energetic solo that reminds of fellow Philadelphian Odean Pope in its inspired intensity. (But be assured, Schacter is his own man.)...