Following the stirring modal opener, Wilner’s original title track which carries a distinct McCoy Tyner influence, the pianist settles into a program of charming old-school ditties performed either solo or with accompaniment by his capably swinging rhythm tandem of bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Joey Saylor. There’s a giddy solo piano interpretation of Harold Arlen’s “If I Only Had a Brain” that has Wilner dipping into a genteel stride bag. The trio’s take on Scott Joplin’s ragtime classic “Solace” is underscored by a gentle, New Orleans-flavored rhumba-boogie groove, with Saylor on brushes and Douglas on upright. They also turn in a sprightly, syncopated 3/4 rendition of Irving Berlin’s “Always” and a bristling boogie-woogie take on the Tin Pan Alley classic “After You’ve Gone,” which became a swing-era jam favorite. And they strike a sublime accord on a Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart ballad from 1935, “Little Girl Blue.”
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