Joning Dailey and trio regulars, Hal Bigler, bass, and Jimmy Valencia, drums, are special guests, Bob Navarra, guitar and vocalsit Bernadette Soubiru. Alluding to the album title, the stated mission is to take admired songs of the 20th century and interpret them with new harmonies and unusual tempos.
There is no ground-beaking here, but the result is pleasantly swinging, very listenable music, performed by excellent musicians used to playing together. There is a haunting, meditative version of "Georgia On My Mind," with Navarra’s guitar strains floating in the background; a romping "Back Home in Indiana," featuring Bigler’s bass break. Most impressive is a properly buoyant "Joy Spring" and a Bill Evans-tinged "My Romance," again with the tasty shadings of Navarra’s guitar.
Dailey saves the best for last in "Spring Can Can Really Hang You Up the Most," in which his piano is led by Begley’s steady bass and Valencia’s soft drums. The song’s melancholy mood is perfectly captured.
Not much positive can be said of Soubirou’s flat, somewhat stilted vocals on three tracks. In fact, when she comes in on "Like Someone In Love," it interrupts Dailey’s stately intoduction. One wanted to her his ideas on this further developed.
With entertaiment budgets tightening in these times, instead of going out, slip this disc into a player, sit around the fireplace, and enjoy.