I'm not particularly a jazz fan but I am a fan of Bill, much of whose work doesn't seem like jazz to me, being a mix of American roots music incorporating elements of folk, country and blues. I was therefore very curious to see how his interpretations of these Lennon tunes would turn out and I've got to say that I'm not convinced that on the whole they do work - although I'm not exactly sure why.
The playing and production is immaculate, as you'd expect, but for me there isn't that rootsiness to keep everything grounded. The fact the these tunes are so well-known to baby-boomers like me means that some of the quieter more melodic pieces such as 'Julia' and 'Woman' just come out sounding like cheesy lift music - albeit very well-played lift music. And I'm afraid that the inclusion of lap steel and violin in Bill's combo only adds to this atmosphere of cheesiness. 'In my life' is one of my favourite Beatles' songs but while this instrumental version is OK it just doesn't have the poignancy that the lyrics in combination with the music bring. I did like the more muscular 'Revolution' and the loping version of 'Please please me' but I'd much prefer to see Bill returning to his more familiar American roots music.