Many CDs are saturated with filler, with only one or two exceptional tracks, but that is not the case with this particular album. With a wide array of color and mood, David Tughan, along with Jim Mullen’s Organ Trio and Steve Kaldestad on saxophone make Builder’s Brew a delight.
I was snapping and tapping by the time Tughan sang the first note of Frank Sinatra’s "Luck be a Lady." He’s accompanied by a jamming band that includes Mike Gorman keeping it lively on Hammond organ and Matt Skelton laying down swinging rhythms on drums. On the third track, the group simmers down to a ballad, where saxophonist Steve Kaldestad serenades you with a smooth, bluesy solo on "Little Girl Blue."
Moving down the line through a jazzy version of "Love Me Tender" and a sultry "Round Midnight," you’ll find the jazz favorite, "You Don’t Know What Love Is." This is one of my favorites on the CD because Tughan’s voice really captures the mood of the tune.
The CD ends with "Ay Fond Kiss," a ballad where guitarist Jim Mullen takes a nice, tasteful solo. Builder’s Brew is a mix of songs ranging in color and emotion from the bright and upbeat "Luck be a Lady" to the darker, more melancholy "You Don’t Know What Love Is," and the best thing is the Tughan and the band capture every mood without skipping a beat.