Recorded in September of 2000, master whistler, flutist, and composer Joel Brandon dedicates this release to the memory of his mother and late, great jazz drummer Billy Higgins, who performs here, yet sorrowfully passed away in 2001. With this effort, Brandon exhibits the art of jazz whistling while displaying formidable chops as a flutist. Hence, the leader of this date also appeared on The Johnny Carson Show in 1989, subsequent to being crowned the national and international whistling champion. Throughout, the listener will be treated to a series of uplifting pieces that touch upon swing, bop, and soul-jazz in conjunction with the musicians' heartfelt intentions. Moreover, Brandon possesses a warm-toned flute sound to contrast his feathery lines and fertile imagination, although his whistling serves as a source of beauty and amazement. No doubt, this 2001 outing provides a hearty snapshot of Brandon's inimitable talents.
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AllMusic Review by Glenn Astarita