Guitarist Chris Flory, bassist Phil Flanigan and drummer Chuck Riggs were all regular members of tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton's Quintet at the time of this CD while organist-pianist Mike Ledonne was often a substitute for John Bunch, so the quartet's renditions of standards are predictably tasteful and swinging. Flory's style, most influenced by Wes Montgomery (especially on "Tenderly") fits easily into the mainstream legacy established by Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis and Tal Farlow. LeDonne's 50s bop piano and Jimmy Smith-influenced organ keep the proceedings cooking, laying down a perfect groove for Flory's well-constructed and melodic solos. "Air Mail Special" is a particular joy. An excellent modern swing session.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow