The dusky voice of Sandy Sasso opens matters witn a jaunty version of "Dearly Beloved." Bill Easley strides in with a tasty soliloquy followed by Mac Gollehon's trumpet message. Nice comping by pianist Rio Clemente.
"It's a Lazy Afternoon," striding in lazily, but with a definite flair, Sasso tells her story with both aplomb and intensity. Bill Easley makes music on the tenor that ranks up there with the very best.
Bobby Darin swung to the max on "Artficial Flowers" and Sasso romps with this up-tempo version, and the ensemble rocks in turn, making this number swing into orbit.
Easy does it on the song, "Little Man You've a Busy Day." Steve Nelson has his say on the vibes and the piano comps beautifully. These lyrics are paid homage to in no uncertain terms. A Clark Terry like trumpet solo by Mac Gollehon adds much this track with a brilliant turn.
A great band supports Sandy Sasso and she leaves nothing on the table. The tunes are well chosen and well suited for the vocal stylings of Sandy Sasso. The instrumental solos are works of art in their own right.
This album will be a nice addition to the jazzophiles collection. It will definitely have a spot on my CD player.