Rolling Stone - 3/24/94, p.97
"...With his precise phrasing, sure rhythmic flair and gorgeous touch, Flanagan is always a tonic; fronting a fine, responsive trio (including the brilliant drummer Lewis Nash) and working on revelatory material, Flanagan has quietly sparked an important jazz event...."
Musician - 4/94, p.88
"...Tommy Flanagan has enough drive to haul an 18-wheeler out of this rotten winter's next snow drift....it's great to be reminded that patriarchs like Flanagan are still at their breathtaking best...."
Personnel: Tommy Flanagan (piano); Jesper Lungaard (bass); Lewis Nash (drums).
Recorded on April 4, 1993. Includes liner notes by Scott Yanow.
This relatively little-known trio set by pianist Tommy Flanagan (with bassist Jesper Lundgaard and drummer Lewis Nash) is a minor classic. Flanagan performs 11 of cornetist Thad Jones's compositions, the majority of which had never been played by a piano trio before. Easily the best-known selection is "A Child Is Born" with "Mean What You Say," "Three in One" and "Quietude" being the closest of the other songs to being standards. But, despite their relative obscurity, this body of work is quite diverse and flexible enough to be covered by other jazz musicians. Congratulations are due Tommy Flanagan for putting together a consistently swinging and tasteful salute to Thad Jones, a very talented composer. ~ Scott Yanow