Stephen Sondheim, considered by many to be Broadway's top composer, has had a career largely irrelevant to jazz with very few of his songs being adopted by creative improvisers. The Varese Sarabande label has thus far featured pianist Terry Trotter and his trio (with guests) reharmonizing and often swinging four of Sondheim's scores including music from Passion and Sweeney Todd. The interpretations of melodies from Company are tasteful and melodic although none of the themes are all that memorable. Trotter uses bassist Tom Warrington, drummer Joe LaBarbera, guest guitarist John Coiodini, Lanny Morgan (on one song apiece on alto and soprano) and percussionist Brian Kilgore. Morgan's alto solo on "You Could Drive a Person Crazy" wakes up the sometimes-sleepy proceedings a bit, but otherwise the well-played music is just not all that memorable.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow