Guitarist Kyle Asche, a new name in jazz at the time of this recording, plays straight-ahead music in the vein of Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, and Wes Montgomery. Featured in a trio/quartet with organist Pete Benson, drummer Tony Howell, and (on four of the eight selections) tenor saxophonist Scott Burns, Asche takes excellent modern mainstream solos. The quartet, despite the lack of name recognition, swings hard and with soul on the two standards and Asche's six basic originals. All of these young musicians display potential for the future and The Hook Up is well worth exploring.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow