Personnel: Tim Morrison, cornet, trumpet; Dan Higgins, tenor saxophone; Michael O'Neill, Grant Geissman, guitar; Biff Hannon, piano, keyboard, Dream Strings; Charlie Bisharat, violin; David Miller, Trey Henry, bass; Jack LeCompte, Tom Brecthlein, drums; Alex Acuna, percussion.
"Morrison is one of Hollywood's first-call trumpeters. His is the sound—and an especially recognizable one at that—that moviegoers hear on classic films including Amistad (1997), Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Apollo 13 (1995). If Frank Sinatra was "The Voice," then Tim Morrison is, indeed, "The Sound."
Coming from a predominantly symphonic and Boston Pops musical background (although initially influenced by his jazz playing musician father), After Hours is Morrison's debut as a leader, and, it's a most enjoyable one. The title suggests that Morrison and his musical associates may have recorded this collection of easy listening selections and jazz standards after busy days in the Hollywood recording studios, constrained by the demands of film scores.
After Hours is, indeed, relaxed, easy listening. There's nothing adventurous, no extended improvisations or anything resembling cool or smooth jazz here. The solos are tasteful, melodic and easy on the ear. The CD is a soundstage from which Morrison and crew send up ten classics heard many times before—at times, ad nauseam. However, unlike bland elevator music or Plays for Lovers compilations, Morrison's sound is engagingly unique and emotionally captivating—a highly personal and expressive sound, even though all the melodic lines, lyrics and expected emotional tugs are familiar. Morrison's takes on "The Shadow of Your Smile," and the bossa classics ("Desafinado," "Meditation") are elegantly beautiful."
-- Nicholas F. Mondello (All About Jazz, 2009)