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|1. All Blues|
|2. I Didn't Know What Time It Was|
|3. Along Came Betty|
|4. Blue In Green|
|6. San Francisco Holiday|
|7. I Got Lost In His Arms|
|8. Why Do I Love You|
|9. This Is New|
|10. Sail Away|
|11. I'll Be Seeing You|
|12. Whatever Possessed Me|
Alan Pasqua on Hammond organ and Larry Koonse on guitar are the dominant sound on most tracks, giving a languid sound that can all too easily become background music. This is true despite the material including such distinctive pieces as 'All Blues' and 'Blue In Green' by Miles Davis.
Four of the tracks feature vocals from Janis Siegel - best known as a member of Manhattan Transfer - and these stand out from the rest, mainly because she injects much personality into her performances. The interaction between Siegel and saxophonist Bob Sheppard is delightful, notably on Rodgers & Hart's 'I Didn't Know What Time It Was'. Her wordless vocal performance on the title track, a fine Oles original, is also exemplary.
An accompanying DVD was filmed in the studio during the recording. Brief interviews with the musicians help explain their rationale for recording the album; they mainly stress that the group is not looking to push back any frontiers but rather to do justice to the compositions in a straightforward, honest fashion. Tellingly, drummer Peter Erskine quotes Stan Kenton (in whose band he toured) who was asked where jazz was going. Kenton looked at the tour itinerary and replied, 'Tomorrow it's going to Cleveland'.
This is modern mainstream jazz, that is well played, recorded, packaged and presented, with an imaginative variety of compositions - but it just sounds like another day's work for all concerned. --John Eyles
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