So it was a big band playing in a mostly swing-to-modern classic style.
But MacLeod's charts also revealed a brass player's love of a singing line, as in "Did You Call Her Today?" where his use of French horns recalled the clear sounds of European brass music and fluegelhornist Mike Malone contributed a sympathetic and reflective solo.
In the composition, "February Rot" basically a 3-note vamp of bass/guitar/cymbal we followed soprano saxophonist John Johnson as he triumphantly navigated its throb and swells and calling voices. This proved to be one of the deeper compositions.
Stocked with some of Toronto's finest, and led by composer-arranger-trumpeter John MacLeod, this was a true player's band, but for all its size (20 pieces?) and power, it still failed to engage me.