A Beautiful Friendship • Waltz for Debby • Emmanuel • Shaw ‘Nuff • Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry • It Could Happen to You • Dear Mr. Florence • The Gentle Rain • Autumn Sojourn • Look to the Sky • Joy Spring • We’ll Be Together Again
“As brilliant as one would expect from these talents … the repertoire is comprised of veteran standards, but there is nothing tired or predictable about these renditions … Fans of straight-ahead jazz and boppish big bands will certainly enjoy this fine effort.”
— LA JAZZ SCENE
"Combine the creative, swinging arrangements of Gary Urwin, and his first-class Los Angeles big band with three superb soloists, and the result is 'A Beautiful Friendship,' a real gem. Trombonist Bill Watrous, tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb and trumpeter Carl Saunders are three of the greatest bop-based soloists in the world. Add to the set trumpeters Wayne Bergeron and Bobby Shew plus pianist Christian Jacob, and one has a CD that all straight-ahead jazz fans simply need to have."
-- Scott Yanow