This is Bob McHugh and his trio at its finest. It is with pure enjoyment that I recommend this fine jazz CD collection for your listening pleasure, for Pure Imagination is precisely that! You can listen to this CD for hours and get some new musical insight each time you listen to it. Every song is innovative in performance!
With an excellent cover photograph by Ed McHugh to look at, the listener then slips out the CD and is ready for a warm and mellow approach as only Bob McHugh can deliver on his keyboards. With Ron Naspo on bass and David Humm on drums, the scene is set for a lovely time of jazz music!
There are nine songs on the CD. The collection features Bob McHugh original compositions as well as music composed by Bill Evans, Arlen & Harburg, Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish, Bricusse & Newley, Palmer & Williams, and Mandel & Francis. Among the songs are found "Pure Imagination," "The Lunge," "Offering," "I Walk With Music," "I've Found A New Baby," "A Time For Love," "Peri's Scope," "Last Night When We Were Young," and "One Morning In May." These song interpretations are a joy to listen to!
"I've Found A New Baby" has some nice piano touches reminiscent of the late stride pianist, Willard David Firestone. All in all, this is a perfect example of Bob McHugh at his best, and the same can be said about his trio as a unit.
This is good jazz. Fine, fine performances! Something to share with a loved one or friend any time of the day or night!
Highly recommended. Every song is a winner from this exciting and refreshing trio!