Carl Saunders' second CD for the SNL label is the equal of his first. The brilliant if underrated trumpeter is joined by 23 strings, three French horns (including Richard Todd), and a rhythm section (with pianist Billy Childs). With arrangements by several top-notch writers (including Clare Fischer, Bob Florence, and Bill Holman), Saunders is showcased on a variety of tempoes. Among the highpoints are "Fascinating Rhythm," "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top," "Blues for the Common Man" (written and arranged by the leader), and Chopin's "Valtz Opus 64 #2" (arranged by Saunders). The release of this CD and its previous set, Out of the Blue, will lead listeners to wonder why Carl Saunders is not world famous yet.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow