Here we have a collection of 17 tunes, played with a gentle swing and most importantly, with the melody in mind. It helps that the band is made up of Ralph Sutton on piano, Bucky Pizzarelli: guitar, Bob Haggart: bass, Butch Miles: drums, and Bob Wilber on only one instrument: the straight soprano sax. If there are any lingerings of a Bechet influence here, it's slight. Wilber may have been influenced by the master, particularly when he was younger, but has been playing this way-his own way-for decades now. The tunes are all played with verve and uncommon delicacy. Each player adds his own special touch to the proceedings. Haggart's bass has a rich full sound that compliments the easy, restrained percussion from Butch Miles...a drummer who, incidently, isn't known for his restraint. Bucky Pizzarelli is stellar, as usual, in his guitar duties. Ralph Sutton may be the ringer here. It's great to hear him in this context-as a sideman. His piano playing makes this recording a far above average affair. He may have been the catalyst on this record date. He sure caught my ear. All told, the performance is great, the sound quality is great, the tunes are definetely memorable, and there is more than just a whiff of nostalgia. Great stuff that grows stronger with repeated plays.