Album Remarks & Appraisals:
He plays Sophisticated Ladyfairly straight and with sincere feeling. Wycliffe's growls and flutters conjure up memories of the playing by trumpeter Bubber Miley using a plunger mute in the early Ellington band, they are surprisingly appropriate. On Caravan, Wycliffe makes his instrument sound like a didgeridoo. I can thoroughly recommend this CD, as the musicians are all excellent and the choice of tunes judiciously mixes familiar items with rarer numbers. There is an air of relaxed good humor throughout the album.
Personnel: Wycliffe Gordon (vocals, trumpet, trombone, soprano trombone); Dee Daniels (vocals); Zach Brock (violin); Adrian Cunningham (clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Aaron Diehl (piano); Alvin Atkinson (drums).
Audio Mixer: Michael Marciano.
Liner Note Author: Ted Panken.
Recording information: Systems Two Recording Studios, Brooklyn, NY (10/10/2012).
Photographer: Govert Driessen.