Venerated pianist Jimmy Amadie celebrates three generations of Philadelphia-reared jazz superstars on this outing that was consummated over a nine-month timeframe. Amadie occasionally conveys how less is more via his animated phrasings and acute use of space. He enables the listener to absorb a given theme, yet also catapults these variable swing pulses into a higher realm when tackling the upper register with fluid single note lines.
The album opener "LT’s Express," was composed for tenor saxophonist Lew Tabackin who takes center stage with a commanding presence via his corpulent tone and vibrant sense of swing. Here and throughout, Amadie comps, directs and interweaves among the soloists. And he abides by an open-air sound and scope that is not-cluttered or too busy as he artfully caresses and tap dances across the keyboard. They tackle bop, however the preponderance of this studio date is firmly entrenched within the classic mainstream swing mold.
Tabackin’s distinct stature as a flautist is demonstrated in rather wistful fashion on the medium tempo jaunt titled "Samba For Lew T." And trumpeter Randy Brecker’s pretty-as-a-picture lines on Gershwin’s "The Man I Love," are nestled within Amadie’s tasty chord progressions, where he makes every note speak proverbial volumes. Saxophonist Benny Golson appears to be in top-form as well, yet at the end of the day, the music casts a glistening sense of well-being. It’s a gorgeously integrated track mix amid the artists’ singular styles and powerful soloing spots that is outwardly infused with solidarity and jubilation. (Recommended.... )