Bill McBirnie is one of the finest jazz flute performers in jazz today. His musical performances are always top-notch, and he is a master of jazz flute. His technique is flawless and sensual.
Accompanying Bill McBirnie in this unique collection is Bernie Senensky on piano. Without doubt, Bernie Senensky remains one of the most versatile and popular jazz pianists performing today. His great talent and techniques leave the jazz listening audience breathless! Equally matched in talent and verve is bass player Neil Swainson and drummer John Sumner, and their harmony adds further class to the group as these fine performances unfold.
There are twelve songs on this CD collection. Written by well-known jazz composers and performers, each song will find a favorite slot among the listeners. A sure fire hit is the unusual performance of the Duffield/Webb song, "Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus." Somehow, I can see Jesus nodding in approval and grooving along with the good vibrations of the song! This is a truly fine outing, and the song swings smoothly and with great charm.
Other songs reveal the musicians in top form. Among the songs are found "Like Sonny," the T. Monk classic "Hackensack," "Doxy," "My Song," Bernie Senensky's wonderfully complex "Paco Paco," "East of the Sun," "This I Dig Of You," among others.
An incredible CD collection, full of charm and pure entertainment, this is one to have in the home library, public library, or as a gift for a special friend, relative, or loved one. Jobim's "O Grande Amor" will win a special place in the listener's heart with its gentle sensitivity and feeling of love. A fine sense of irony is heard in the performance of "The Great City."
Excellent. Highly recommended. It is a fine collection that will bring the listener endless hours of enjoyment.