The other two duos find Davis accompanying the vocals of Lori Cullen, a distinctive singer with an appealing voice and terrific phrasing. Vocal accompaniment is a special skill in its own right, and judging by these cuts, Davis possesses that skill in abundance. If there's any regret it's that there are only two - I'd welcome a full album by Davis and Cullen.
There are two trio cuts, one offering Davis, Birston and violinist San Murata evoking memories of Stephane Grappelli on "Moonlight In Vermont," and one with the pianist and bassist joined by Pat Wheeler's soprano saxophone on "Moon River." The latter provides a powerful reminder of how great a melody Mr. Mancini created with a creative rendition of a song that's too often merely tossed off by artists of lesser talent.
This is a solid album of straight ahead jazz, a great example of the ability to produce accessible music without falling into "soft jazz" cliches.