We gave it a B+
Forty-three years after Charles Tolliver’s label debut as a sideman, the trumpeter returns as an elder statesman. On With Love, his current big band lacks the audacity of his 1970s unit but matches its punch and poise. Solos shine — by Tolliver, longtime colleagues (pianist Stanley Cowell; reedman Howard Johnson), and up-and-comers (pianist Robert Glasper; trumpeter Keyon Harrold). Brighter still are the arrangements.