This album tries very hard to take one of the best known catalogs in music and convert it to a smooth jazz recording. The album opens with "Fool on the Hill", which benefits from the addition of Toots Thielemans on harmonica and the complementary playing of Dave Kikoski on keyboards, they give the song a real smooth feeling to it that is a pleasure to listen to. "Lady Madonna" is almost unrecognizable and goes from being a rock number to contemporary jazz and in the process loses its edge.
This recording is the fourth in the series, and while it has its high points, to often it tires to bend songs to it's will that just do not want to go, and perhaps shouldn't. To be fair to all concerned this is a nice listen, the players among the finest working today, the album flows from one number to the next with out so much as a hiccup. The song selection is eclectic going from some of the better know songs such as "Fool on the Hill", "Lady Madonna", "All You Need Is Love" and "The Night Before" to some of the more obscure, such as "Waterfalls", "Beautiful Boy" and "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Hill".