This set is a bit unusual, for one would not automatically expect Jay McShann and John Hicks to record a set of piano duets. Since Hicks has always been a flexible player, he defers to McShann, meeting the older pianist on his own turf. The repertoire is not at all unusual for McShann (particularly since "The Missouri Connection" is a medium-tempo blues). Hicks has Thelonious Monk's "Reflections" as his solo feature, while McShann takes "Sweet Lorraine" as a solo, contributing vocals to a couple of the other selections. While Hicks is a more modern player than McShann, the two pianists blend together quite well and this combination, which may not seem all that logical at first glance, works.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow