The setlist includes a couple of Ellington pieces, the lead-off track "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo" and "A Single Petal of a Rose" as well as Thelonious Monk’s "Light Blue" and a quirky version of Gershwin’s "Summertime." Also of note is a full throttle version of Dizzy Gillsepie’s "Shaw Nuff" with Osby and Payton taking on their Parker and Gillespie roles respectively. Cassandra Wilson’s "Whirlwind Soldier" is an elegiac and atmospheric piece, which slowly evolves with the group improvising on the melody. The record is capped off in fine and appropriate fashion by a version of W.C. Handy’s "St. Louis Blues."
This is really a thinking man’s (or woman’s) kind of disc. Osby and the band reinterpret older standards in a thoroughly modern way, never making them sound clichéd or hackneyed. All of the members solo well and also improvise well collectively. Overall this is a fine album of modern mainstream jazz and proof that the mainstream doesn’t have to be derivative or repetitious.