Rufus Reid, Hues of a Different Blue (Motéma).
Noted for his power and impeccable note choices, the bassist follows up last year’s Out Front. Again his trio mates are pianist Steve Allee and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca. Reid gives generous guest solo space to tenor saxophonist JD Allen, alto saxophonist Bobby Watson (misidentified as playing tenor), trumpeter Freddie Hendrix and guitarist Toninho Horta. Standard songs alternate with originals by the participants. Highlights: Everyone’s blowing on Reid’s septet arrangement of the challenging title tune, Horta playing and vocalizing his “Francisca” and a Reid-Watson duet on “These Foolish Things.”