The twin tenor masters, Hamilton and Allen, appear together on three tracks, the up tempo "You're Driving Me Crazy" and " (I would Do) Anythng For You" plus the ballad "My Old Flame." Their back-and-forth conjures up Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. Here and elsewhere you will also come across Lester Young, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster while Joe Cohn's guitar contribution on "My Old Flame"is a lesson in sensitive comping.
Allen has a knack for picking tunes and writing originals. His "Stomping the Blues" originated with an intro he wrote for "Savoy." There are plenty of solo opportunities on " So There." Allred's agility on bone is apparent as he and Allen engage in heated counterpoint on the intricate "Don't Want To Have To" and his extroverted sound is in evidence on "But I Will."
There's also a light and easy "I'll Get By" with a delightful Cohn solo, an " I Only Have Eyes for You" that will have you dancing and a spring medley that allows both Allen and Allred to display their way with ballads.
Superior musicianship and chemistry by the quartet and guests as they swing hard and play with feeling. Listeners should be grateful to Arbors Jazz for helping to keep this wonderful music alive.