On his independently produced second album, Keeping the Spirit, the Edmonton tenor-soprano saxist Kent Sangster, has enlisted a guitarist -- Jim Head, whose tone and approach are marginally edgier than Lofksy's -- rather than a pianist, to provide harmonic support. Also on hand are trumpeter/flugelhornist Bob Tildsley, bassist Jim Vivian and drummer Santo Dominelli, fine players one and all. Sangster is also under the sway of Coltrane, especially on the title track. In this case, though, the inspiration is directly traceable to the later, modal Coltrane of, say, A Love Supreme (although Coltrane's invocations were never based on 11-beat bars, as "Keeping the Spirit" is). Elsewhere, Sangster is more eclectic, drawing from the hard-bop tradition that includes the likes of Joe Henderson, Hank Mobley and Wayne Shorter. He has more contemporary inspirations as well. He's studied in (where else) New York with Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman, and it's not hard to spot their imprint on Sangster; the Lovano influence is particularly audible in Tadd Dameron's "Hot House," rendered here as a spunky tenor-drums duet. In terms of composition and overall feel, "Song for Bill" is reminiscent of an early Ornette Coleman ballad such as "Lonely Woman."