Dave Grusin's debut recording focuses on selections from the Broadway musical Subways Are for Sleeping. The pianist is joined by bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Don Lamond, though none of the nine Jule Styne compositions caught on with the public following the end of the play's run. Grusin's arrangements succeed in bringing the music to life, with all three musicians sounding as if they are a working group rather than just taking part in a one-shot project. While the music is enjoyable, Dave Grusin's career really took off when he began composing and recording movie themes, many of which have remained in the public's memory far longer than any of these (unjustly) long-forgotten pieces by Jule Styne.
AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden