This album and the Royal Chicagoans are the brainchildren of two jazz lovers who were so involved in pursuing other interests it wasn't until their golden years that they finally realized their ambition to put together a working jazz group. Both Tom King and Harry Goldson are successful financiers and real estate executives. King was also a professional basketball player in the NBA. Goldson had a career going in jazz at an early age, playing with several big bands. For this album, the two rounded up other talented musicians to form the Royal Chicagoans quintet. With the exception of a Steve Sandner original, all the songs are classic standards. Not a bad idea to cut one's teeth on a set of tunes that are familiar to performers and listeners alike. They don't discover any heretofore unexplored nuances in the crooks and crannies of these oft-played pieces. However, they provide more than an hour of relaxed playing suitable for dancing and enjoying. The presence of Jim Cooper's vibes helps the music flow along at an even, resonant keel. The vibes and Goldson's melodic clarinet work together on several cuts, recalling the work of Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton on slow and medium ballad collaborations. "I'm Glad There's You" and "I Thought About You" are especially glittering. While Goldson's preference is the clarinet, he shows that he is equally as adept on tenor sax, with a mellifluous solo on "Satin Doll." The Royal Chicagoans rarely exceed the speed limit, going no faster than a lilting medium tempo. Steve Sandner is the anchor for the session, his piano keeping musical matters on track. For those who prefer no-frills jazz, laid-back and at ease, this album should prove very satisfactory. Recommended.
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AllMusic Review by Dave Nathan