Jay Hoggard, a vibraphonist who was associated with new music (including Cecil ! Taylor) in the ’70s, as well as some disastrous fusion, reveals new maturity as the leader of a conventional quartet with Allen, bassist Ed Rozie, and the dynamic drummer Freddie Waits (who died after Overview was recorded). Hoggard pays homage to Milt Jackson and Cal Tjader, turns an unlikely song from Bye Bye Birdie (”Put on a Happy Face”) into a signature ballad with a relaxed legato groove, and proves himself a persuasive composer with ”Overview” and ”Convergence.” The album’s spice is the contrast between Allen’s oblique, peppery attack and Hoggard’s poised lyricism. B

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