This was Wilson's debut album. He commented that using a nonet meant that the album "is a record of experimentation, of me finding a sound. I love this instrumentation. It preserves the sound of a small band, but it can sound big when I want it to".
Seven of the 10 tracks are Wilson originals. He also wrote all of the arrangements, except for "The Parisian Knights", which he transcribed from the original Lucky Thompson recording. The album was released on July 1, 1997, by MAMA Records.
The AllMusic reviewer concluded that, "overall, this is a highly enjoyable effort, a strong start to Anthony Wilson's career." It was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble category.