This is the fourth of pianist Terry Trotter's projects for Varese Sarabaden in which he takes the score from a Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical and turns it into jazz. The music from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum has more potential than most of Sondheim's scores as jazz. "Comedy Tonight" is the best-known tune and "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid" has a fine outing by Bob Sheppard on bass clarinet (although his one appearance on soprano is not as successful). Otherwise Terry Trotter (assisted by bassist Tom Warrington, drummer Joe LaBarbera and occasionally the percussion of Brian Kilgore) does what he can with the material and, even if it is doubtful if any of the songs (most of which are not that flexible) will catch on in the jazz world, this is an enjoyable set.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow