Despite being precociously young, singer Alexander Stewart has been gigging on the jazz scene for a good few years now, so in a strange way it seems that this album has been a long time coming. I suppose if asked what I was expecting, I'd have to say a selection of Great American Songbook standards and a couple of originals as 'filler'. Well, straight off one thing stands that preconception on its head - pianist/MD Alex Webb's The Hard Way (with China Moses, who has a filthy laugh) is not there as grouting, but is one of the album's stand-out tracks. Stewart has taken the eclectic Jamie Cullum (or Kurt Elling, with his latest The Gate) route and included a few very unexpected but ultimately pleasant surprises. With Elling it was tackling King Crimson and Joe Jackson, here it is a winning re-vamp of Morrissey/Marr with Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want/Last Night I Dreamt. In fact, for me it is the poppier material (including Black and Gold and the radio-friendly Call Me) that makes this album sound like the work of a young blood, although he is equally confident putting a fresh slant on old warhorses such as Young At Heart or Too Marvellous For Words and both arrangements and playing (Gary Crosby, Nathaniel Facey, Frank Griffith, producer Andy Cleyndert on one track) are punchy and swinging. I'd have actually liked another original in the mix, but it's a strong opening gambit for this young man. And he's well worth catching live.