I must say I had my concerns about buying this album as Eric's latest album releases have been appalling and on top of that I hate Jazz, but I needn't have worried as here is an unusual slant on blues which works beautifully. Above all, Oh boy what a band. This tight knit band doesn't take prisoners and are all masters of their craft and as a live performance the sound is superb, I wish I had been there. The opening track "Ice Cream" is a rip roaring twenties style charleston number that swings from start to finish. At first I thought what's all this about then the second, third, fourth and fifth slow right down with track 3 "Joes Turners Blues" that wouldn't be out of place in a smokey filled night club. Track 7 "Layla" starts like a number has just ended then goes into a slow death march beat, a fascinating interpretation and above all Eric doesn't disappoint and neither does Wynton, great stuff. The album closes with "Corrine Corrina" a barn storming nearly 14 minute long number.
The album is based on the sound of New Orleans Jazz but Eric does have an influential input and I wasn't disappointed with his solo's. I was going to give this a four star rating but the band and sound quality is outstanding and I think it deserves five stars. Could this be a warm up to Eric bringing out a Rhythm and Blues solo album I hope so. Get it and I don't think you will be disapponted.