This is a wonderful surprise. I've always loved David Sanborn's alto tone and his heartfelt playing but often tired of hearing the airless funk context in which it was placed. This album has a great soundworld - it's all acoustic, which means I can for once appreciate Bob James' playing. I like his delicate touch on this album. James Genus is a great basist - he's on so many superb albums & Steve Gadd needs no introduction - tight, pulsing and subtle playing from them both. This album is more than the sum of its parts - it gently swings, pulses and draws you in. It's beautifully recorded and very warm and immediate. Both James and Sanborn seem to really breathe easy away from their often more formulaic recorded contexts, which have their pleasures but can pall easily. Here James & Sanborn complement one another very well. I hope they'll make albums like this far far more frequently. Both are great mature artists and this album shows what potential they have to make great music. More please, and Mr James stay away from those synths, you can play the piano memorably. Sanborn sounds so compelling and beautiful. Essential, hugely enjoyable, intelligent and emotionally honest music.