Harry Warren's "Forty Second Street" is performed with such vigor, one is reminded of the glory days of The Hot Club Of France. Allard's melodic violin drives the melody to dizzying heights.
"Blue Moon" has been performed so many times some might think that a fresh arrangement would be hard to come buy. Not so in this case. Bridges and Allard's sympathetic delivery along with Mele's ever so gentle walking bass add a much-needed dimension to this musical gem.
Taken at mid tempo, "Bewitched" features the trio in all its glory. Everyone displays a deep sense of grace and decorum. Allard adds a touch of class and swing. Bridges shines with a dreamy solo showcasing his improvisational skills.
A beautiful introduction from Bridges welcomes the chestnut, "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes." Performed at a relaxed pace, everyone has a chance to sit back and allow the music to flow naturally. Allard's violin shines, as does Mele's thoughtful strumming.
"Send In The Clowns" is one of the most haunting compositions from Stephen Sondeim. The trio performs a heart-wrenching rendition. Allard's moving violin brings a tear to the eye. Bridges continues the moment with sensitivity and taste. This piece is a fine example of restrain, control and passion.
Broadway Delicacies could have been just another throwaway collection of standards. Not so here. The sum is greater than the parts. This particular set features an exemplary performance by three of the most talented string players on the scene today. For lovers of stringed instruments, this recording is sure to delight.