This 1996 CD is an excellent all-around showcase for Nick Brignola
, one of the top baritonists of the 1990s. Assisted by pianist Kenny Barron
, bassist Rufus Reid
and drummer Victor Lewis
digs into four swinging originals, three standards (including "Body and Soul" and "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody"), and Billy Taylor's "Diz." The music ranges from bop to post-bop, with each selection swinging and generating a strong momentum of its own. Recommended.