Steve Cole is one of my favorite sax players. This is his 6th release and I own them all. Make no mistake, on this new release his playing is as impeccable as always and there are flashes of great piano work on some tracks. The production on the CD is also immaculate. However, I have a couple of really big problems with this CD...1) His last release was in 2006, so after nearly five years, all he can serve up is a platter of COVERS? 2) Thanks to the inclusion of an orchestra, replete with strings (whose idea was that?), the tunes are all ultra-schmaltzy and stupefyingly boring. I mean, it's not an easy task to turn the Guess Who's "Undun" into a schmaltzy mid-tempo ballad, but this crew succeeds. It seem's that Steve is attempting to tap the same schmaltz mine that Kenny G and Chris Botti have been mining for years. Trouble is...the mine is tapped out and Kenny G doesn't even do this stuff anymore. Fortunately, there is a new Sax Pack CD in the works, so maybe we can hear some REAL Steve Cole this year. Redemption is only your next project away, Steve, so I recommend packing up the orchestra and sending them off to work with Chris Botti, get a band with a pulse together and start wailing like you did on your first five CDs...and I wouldn't wait five years to get to the task.