A guitar-based trio is never easy; trust me, I head one up, and know how important it is to be in control of the moment and in the front. Simply put, I enjoyed Mark Boling’s playing a great deal, and backed by a solid rhythm section, he propels this collection of standards and originals forward with a solid tone and great lines in the spirit of Wes, Pass and Green.
Among the tunes featured on the record are a very nicely done chord-solo of Monk’s "Round Midnight", Wes’ "The Thumb", and the quintessential "All The Things You Are" and more.
Boling’s music and style are honest, and his lines are powerful and executed with precision and passion. I hope to hear more from Boling, and based on the impressive originals put forth here, would like to hear more of him as a composer as well.