Subtle Rebuttal

Hands down, this CD is the ideal soundtrack for an ultra swanky cocktail affair. I mean it. The upbeat, enthusiastic delivery of these twelve Thad Jones classics is a sonic firehouse perfect for dowsing out schmoozing and idle chitchat. Maybe those schmarmy fellows exchanging business cards over there in the corner will shut up and listen just a few seconds longer and soak in the tunes while scanning the room for their next conversation victim. With a crisp sonic buzz sharp enough to cut through the clinking of glass and ice cubes, the wallflowers out there will surely bop their heads to the groove. Another sazerac, please!

—RN