Michael O'Neill (ts,ss,cl,bcl,fl); Kenny Washington (v); Steve Campos (t,fgh); Michael Bluestein/Murray Lowe (p); Peter Barshay (b); Alan Hall (d)
"It's Alright with Me," "Masai," "The Nearness of You," "Kilimanjaro," "Gray Whale Cove," "Caravan," "I Know What Love Is," "Bye Bye Blackbird"
In some ways small group Jazz and straight-ahead vocals make strange bedfellows. Personally I would prefer to have them on separate recordings, but this may not be everyone's reaction.
The instrumental part of the CD is exciting and well performed, and Kenny's vocalizing is most tuneful and enjoyable. A special accolade goes to Steve Campos for his consistent and sensitive playing.
Apart from my reservation, the CD is well produced and may please many listeners.
by Al Merritt
Jazz Now Interactive September 2005 Vol 15 No. 5 - Table of Contents