The Cincinnati-based Blue Wisp Big Band celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2000 with this CD. The band's music is conventional, swings hard, and has tight ensembles. Although few of the sidemen (except trumpeter Brad Goode and the leader, drummer John Von Ohlen) are known outside of the Midwest, they are excellent musicians and do a fine job of interpreting these swinging arrangements. In addition to three originals, the band plays nine songs, most of which are rarely played in a big band format. Fans of modern, swinging big bands will enjoy checking out the Blue Wisp Big Band, who previously recorded five albums (four of which are available on Sea Breeze).
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow