The bright, breezy and optimistic opener "Come Go With Me" works a treat and would get Benson fans tapping their feet - not unlike something off of his Mojazz sets, this is a real treat and the summer timbales and fender keyboards may be subtle yet they work perfectly. Listen closely and hear the intricacy of the groove. Nice! the Eric Gale-ish "Here Is My Number" is also a real treat. I have loved playing this in the car, feeling the warm summer breeze - just a perfect groove for a day like today. The semi vocal effort "Sending My Love" is also effective, and the odd quirky 80s keyboard touch is a welcome, and not at all anachronistic, addition. The song that i have fallen in love with is the deep, rich "Special Moments". Summer was made for a song like this...the deep, resonant bass pitched against the gorgeous guitar and warm keys is sheer aural luxury and something that I can savour over and over and over again. The key changes are spine-tingling and if a CD can be worn out then this track may be one to try and see if that is actually a possibility!
The contemporary vocal effort "I'm Pouring My Heart Out" is another gem and those who loved Charlie Singleton's work with the James Blackwell Project should find this equally essential. Following this is yet another winning instrumental in the Benson / Montgomery bag - totally in the pocket and great for the car or - as I am increasingly known - for the headphones. The final, yet rather short, cut is also a vocal effort, and is again a contemporary flavour - I detect that damn-awful autotune in the background though...when will this DREADFUL practice disappear up the Appian way?! This is very minor here and relegated to the background - where it belongs in my book - and still does not disappoint as a closing song. So, 2010 sees the return of this new master of Jazz, and I for one will always welcome new material from him, vocal or not.
The Vibe Scribe