The sprightly trumpet and tinkling piano of Little Sunflower" open the record on an engaging, blissfully tuneful note. More than just a cover of the Freddie Hubbardclassic, it features some of Klenke's most soulful playing. He sounds truly inspired here, but it is only the beginning, the introductory track on an album that is relentless in its ability to soothe and mesmerize. When Klenke's trumpet soars atop the swaying rhythms of Johnny Mercer's title cut, it is absolutely breathtaking.
Joined by saxophonist Kanoa Kaluhiwa, pianist Jim Ahrend, bassist Jonathan McMillan, guitarist Arnold Cordon, and drummer Matt Thomas, Klenke keeps the atmosphere upbeat and loose. New Mexico Rain" is positively thumping, and the pumping bass lines on Breathless" are a speaker-blasting gas. Gayle Bisesi contributes silky soft crooning to Breathless," giving that balance of toe-tapping energy and ear-caressing smoothness. Through it all, Klenke schools everybody on the art of the trumpet, displaying some mighty skills.