The title cut Bigs that opens the CD is a moderate tempo tune that has the group swinging hard along with a vamp played by the bass. Sills’ saxophone tone is similar to the husky, full-bodied tenor sound of Joe Lovano, and while Sills’ improvisations are also along the same sort of angular lines that one hears in the work of many fine bop oriented players, this listener definitely hears sounds similar to those of Joe Henderson. Guitarist Koonse and pianist Broadbent also contribute fine solos.
Shark-eez the second tune on the CD is another Sills original. The angular line and occasional accented punctuations in the melody make this tune reminiscent of a Thelonious Monk composition. Again Sills, and Koonse demonstrate their improvisational prowess, while bassist Derek Oles and drummer Joe LaBarbera also take their respective turns in this up-tempo romp.
Sills shows a very sensitive side on the third tune of the CD, the standard ballad