With a style heavily influenced by guitar giants such as Wes Montgomery and Grant Green, Dalton utilizes singing, single-note lines with horn-like dexterity. Rejecting inappropriate flash for lyricism, the guitarist constructs warm, listener-friendly solos with an emphasis on maintaining the groove.
The relaxed interplay between Dalton and his trio-mates shines throughout, especially on the gospel-inspired "Groove Merchant," Miles Davis' "So What," "T4JOEY," a minor-key waltz written by Gard, and an ultra-hip version of "The More I See You." Gard demonstrates a thorough understanding of the deep traditions of organ jazz, emulating the styles of Jimmy Smith, Big John Patten and Jack McDuff. A convincing example of the organist's ability to dig deep into the blues well can be heard on Dalton's "Chisler's Blues."
A bright moment from the recording is the up-tempo swinger "Plastered," with Roger pushing hard behind the drums and Dalton and Gard delivering stirring solos. All in all, Warm Ghosts (in a) Cold World is a fine example of strong group interaction from three exceptional performers.