Falling Forward: Ulysses Owens, Jr. (Spice of Life)

On his latest album, Ulysses Owens, Jr. eschews the usual prerogatives of the drummer as leader, forgoing bombastic showcases for his prowess and not showcasing his own compositions, although his astute arranging chops are amply demonstrated. Also unusual for a drummer-leader, this is mostly a trio CD and one without piano or guitar as lead instrument. Owens features vibraphonist Joel Ross, rounding out the group with bassist Reuben Rogers. Vocalist Vuyo Sotashe appears on 2 of the 11 tracks, with pianist Stephen Feifke joining her on one.
— George Kanzler, New York City Jazz Record