Hendricks Finally Begins to Show His Age a Little
Rick Cornell | Reno, Nv USA | 01/21/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If anyone else had done this album, I might rave. But this is the man who brought us all of those quintessential LH&R albums from the '50's and early '60's, and the vastly superior "Freddie Freeloader" a mere 3 years prior. Jon shows his age on this a bit, never more apparent than on "One O'Clock Jump." There's no way a 75-year-old Jon Hendricks is going to recreate the subliminal mood of "Sing a Song of Basie", especially without a young Annie Ross, and it was a mistake to try. Best cut on this was "Roll 'Em Pete"--basically because the other musicians could stretch out and jam around Mr. Hendricks. He'll still go down in history; just not with this."
Be-bop with the best of them
Nikica Gilic | 07/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent music; it is probably not actually the top of Hendricks' discography but it is a noteworthy collective effort, not just a Hendricks album.
With the entire Hendricks' vocal gang (family), with Marsalis equally effective on trumpet and vocals, with steamin' hot saxes, great trombone and rock-solid rhythm section, the amount of excellent and joyfull modern jazz on this album will warm your heart.
Yes, Hendricks used to be in a bit better form but he is just one of great artists on this CD, presiding over this heated concert (that sounds like a jam session) with regal confidence. Not as good as Freddie Freeloader, this album is still magnificent.