JazzTimes - p.89
"The razor-sharp ensemble comprises some of New York's finest players."
Personnel: Jeff Mironov (guitar); David Tofani (saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Dennis Anderson , Jerry Dodgion, Kenny Berger, Ronnie Cuber, Lawrence Feldman (saxophone); Marvin Stamm (trumpet, flugelhorn); Brian O'Flaherty, Tony Kadleck, Bob Millikan, Danny Cahn, Bud Burridge (trumpet); Bruce Bonvissuto, Jim Pugh , Tony Studd, Paul Faulise, Birch Johnson (trombone); Bill Mays (piano).
Audio Mixer: Arthur Friedman.
Liner Note Author: Doug Ramsey.
Arranger: Jack Cortner.
Jack Cortner is a veteran composer/arranger who may not be a familiar name to the average jazz fan, because most of his charts have been in a commercial setting, but he has long been writing arrangements for trumpeter Marvin Stamm. On this swinging big-band session, Cortner's impressive charts make one wish he had been able to consistently work in such a setting on a regular basis. Featured soloists include Stamm (also heard on fl쳌gelhorn), pianist Bill Mays (who often works with Stamm for recordings, concerts, and workshops), trombonist Jim Pugh, and saxophonist Dave Tofani. Highlights include the bold treatment of "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise," the chugging Count Basie-like "On the Trail," and Cortner's whimsical swinger "Flimflam Ma'am." Highly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden