This fine swing-oriented set features the Teddy Wilson-influenced piano of Johnny Varro in a quartet with bassist Nicki Parrott, drummer Joe Ascione, and, most importantly, trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso (who is listed as playing a "puje," a hybrid of trumpet and cornet). Kellso often takes solo honors, with the highlights including such swing standards as "The Lady's in Love With You," "Stars Fell on Alabama," "A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid," "A Monday Date," and "On a Slow Boat to China." These melodic and swinging performances would be difficult not to enjoy.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow