One can never capture the essence of sound with mere words. Suffice it to say that this disc pleases ones auditory receptors in the most majestic way.
This recording is a glorious excursion into the land of be-bop, blues, standards and originals.
Mike Melvoin goes beyond being a superb Pianist. His melody lines are rich with a sound and feel that are rare in this day and age. The "touch" is beautiful and the solos are pure magic. I will always equate Melvoin with an infusion of Bud Powell's influence (It is clearly felt) and yet the romanticism is definitely his own. Elegance and soul define Mike Melvoin. It is apparent in tunes like the original "It's Always You" this piece is an ode to love expressed with a lyricism that goes straight to the heart.
"Are You Going To Eat That?" Bebop is the mood and swing is the thing as another Melvoin penning is classic in it's purity and stylishness, It romps along magnificently..Everyone wails on this swinger.
Phil Woods adds his patented Charlie Parker tone to the mix, filled with Bird's quotes. Woods pairing with Mike Melvoin adds a new dimension to his (Woods) playing. One can hear the comping of the Pianist urging Woods onward and he answers delightfully. Phil Woods' Alto is an excellent addition to this album, one might say he is a welcome guest at the Mike Melvoin extravaganza.
Steve Gilmore's Bass adds the essential elements ie; time, fluidity and solos that are original and filled with ideation.
Bill Goodwin also fits nicely into Melvoin's scheme of things. He lays down subtle accents and is always apropos to the intent of the soloist.
This disc is both a joy and celebration of classic jazz. It will never get any better than this. Only different.