In contract, the "Theme from Chinatown" follows "Lester Leaps In," and this overlooked but classic movie composition, supremely beautiful in its evocation of 1940’s Los Angeles, obviously serves as a showcase for Watrous to interpret it with requisite burnished glow. The Watrous who was engaged in rapid-fire exchanges on "Lester Leaps In" and will do so again on the medium-fast-tempo version of "Beautiful Love" displays the magnetism of his mastery of the trombone. He does so again on the minimally arranged "Danny Boy" (which, yes, initially has a harp backing Watrous), as he brings out the emotional weight of the song, not just in initial exposition, but also when he improvises over the changes, as does Rusty Higgins with direct appeal on alto flute.
Urwin features Christlieb on several disparately chosen pieces as well. On "My Ship," he brings out the emotional content of the song on tenor saxophone as he plays in the middle range of the instrument with melodic directness, embellished by a bridge played by flutes and clarinets. Wayne Shorter’s "E.S.P." is presented as a rollicking big band piece with muted brass accents and saxophone section sweetness until Christlieb comes in on the first repeat to take command with confident improvisation, which sets up the extended of deep hues within the connecting segment before pianist Christian Jacob’s solo.
Even though Watrous and Christlieb inspired Urwin and created the consistent theme for the recording, the uniqueness of Urwin’s arrangements, steeped in the jazz tradition but still characterized by his own sense of fun, make each of his successive albums models of unpredictable pleasures, such as his approach to "Girl Talk," tap-dancish and light-hearted to feature Razze’s brush work at the beginning and between the moods Christlieb and Watrous establish before Razze again ends the piece briefly "Cute"-like. Urwin writes in the liner notes that Kindred Spirits is a labor of love, and even the listener can discern that by listening to the spirited playing throughout the album.