"Return Ticket" features Tucker's swinging style. Setting the melody early on, Workman's bass work is featured with some solid drumming from Arnold. Tucker continues to swing hard with a stimulating right hand.
"Portrait Of A Peaceful Scene" is a beautiful original from Tucker. This time, Tucker is featured alone at the piano, caressing each note with love and feeling. After listening to this piece, one gets a sense of why he was so in demand.
A touching tribute to Coleman Hawkins, "A Tribute To Bean" features the moving sax of George Coleman. Displaying control and passion, Coleman pays tribute to one of the most influential sax players in jazz. The band lays low while Coleman explores every possible avenue of expression.
The octet gets a real workout on "Japanese Soundscape," another original from Tucker. A great solo from Gladden offers a smooth bridge back to the melody. Fuller and Smith both take inspiring solos, driving the melody with fervor and determination.
Cole Porter's "All of You" is performed with style and joy. Tucker's uplifting piano along with solid accompaniment from Workman and Arnold add a swinging dimension to this classic. Arnold is always in synch with Tucker. Workman has a chance to stretch out as well.
The horns take center stage on "Theme For A Boogie-Woogie." A swinging vehicle from start to finish. The octet are in their element. Tucker's gospel tinged piano, mixed with some McCann like soul lays the foundation for the rest of the group. Coleman's solo tingles the ear with delight.
An all round satisfying listen, Sweet Lotus Lips delivers on many levels. Fine musicianship, a commitment to swing, plus great compositions from Tucker make this a must have for any serious collection.