Although this session was recorded 38 years ago, it still sounds fresh. Cutting back to the bare bones of piano, bass and drums always opens up intimate approaches and interplay. These three are masters of their instruments and listing to one another; the essence of our music.
Billy swings with sensitivity and imagination, always aware of light and shade. Walter Bishop Jr. is an accomplished pianist, having played many sessions with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Art Blakey. He has an interesting approach, maybe a little too busy and lacking in crispness for my liking, but still inspiring. George Mraz is a bassist with an amazing right-hand technique and a solid left hand working its way through immaculate lines and harmonies; perfection in choice of notation. It’s such a pity he produced such a strangled electric sound. It would have been perfect if he had played with a more natural sound. A good selection of classic standards and jazz numbers played with feeling and flair. Recommended!
~ Trefor Williams | Just Jazz Magazine