The combined talents of Harry Allen and Scott Hamilton on this swinging album of standards is proof that two accomplished and seasoned tenor saxophonists' repertoire is better than one's. Both Allen and Hamilton, stewards of mainstream jazz, share a common jazz language on this album that represents decades of artistic evolvement and professional maturity. Evident is their mutual devotion, passion, and understanding for the jazz traditions of the past, and its connection to the music they create today. Together they are standard-bearers whose achievements as straight-up jazz artists date back to the "heydays" of jazz, and from early on and throughout their prolific careers, they have championed the mainstream jazz you'll hear on this album. Proof also that jazz remains in capable hands, theirs as well as other artists who keep this American art form creatively vibrant and viable.
The tracks on this album define what up-tempo and swinging jazz from a small, contemporary , acoustical ensemble sounds like today. The winning rhythm section is comprised of the gifted pianist, Rossano Sportiello, the accomplished bass player, Joel Forbes, and the highly regarded jazz drummer, Chuck Riggs. These five recording artists are all at the zeniths of their professional careers, and the blend of their musical talents on these nine standards epitomizes the mellifluous sound of well executed jazz. Each track is a polished gem.
"Round Midnight" is a recording that will not disappoint fans of either Allen or Hamilton. Listeners who enjoy up-tempo jazz have nine reasons to listen to this album again and again. Harry Allen and Scott Hamilton are in their element, and their years of experience in charting and crafting vintage and venerable songs makes this album of standards an easy choice.