Vocalist Steve Tyrell approaches this disc of standards with a sense of history, setting it apart from other, similar projects by tapping the talents of several musicians who were actually around when

Vocalist Steve Tyrell approaches this disc of standards with a sense of history, setting it apart from other, similar projects by tapping the talents of several musicians who were actually around when these classics were penned. Alternating between small-group and big-band arrangements by Bob Mann (son of the late arranger Sy Mann), Tyrell draws on the seasoned voices of trumpeters Clark Terry and the late Harry "Sweets" Edison, harmonica virtuoso Toots Theilemans, and saxophonist Plas Johnson, whose appearance on "That Old Feeling" echoes his work on Frank Sinatra's rendition of the tune a half-century ago. Terry adds beautifully constructed solos to tracks like "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," giving the swinging charts a vintage shot of bebop invention. Coupled with Tyrell's own whiskey-soaked vocals, the overall result is that even the most well-worn songs sound fresh, exciting, and most of all, fun.—SG

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