The big band of Jason Hainsworth swings heavily with soloists that get off the ground and into orbit immediately. An solid example of this is "When I Fall In Love," a beautiful arrangement and Michael Dease's trombone solo make this ballad a thing of sensitivity and beauty. Dease's soliloquy is borne of dexterity and soul.
"Alone Together" features Jason Hainsworth's tenor with a backdrop of the band driving in the medium tempo lane. Claudio Renditi on trumpet gets his message across with due deference to Hainsworth who sets the tone for this hip tune. On "Something Stolen, Something Blue," the blues are the topic in this soulful and tasty track. This Hainsworth original is the last track and the leader is as hot as a two-dollar pistol. Richard Miller on alto sax has his say in no uncertain terms.
This ensemble has all it takes to make the most discerning listener happy. Toes will tap and hands will clap to the magic of this fine album. Jason Hainsworth has assembled the finest players in the jazz genre and that's what this recording is all about, a showcase of talent presented in a classy package. I'm sure that in this day and age of cacophony and esoterica. This album will pave the way for more true jazz.