This cleverly titled collection is a must for fans of that most romantic of instruments, the French horn. On this disc are included some of the finest melodies, given that special individual touch by pianist and arranger Barry Booth. In much the same way as Barry Tuckwell’s now legendary recording of Jerome Kern’s hits entitled A Sure Thing, the secret lies in the simplicity of the melodic line set against the sound-scape of mood capturing accompaniment. Terry johns expands long phrases and beautifully executed slurs to give the melody a vocal quality. Of course, you need a good tune to begin with, and there is no shortage here, including evergreens by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin and so on. Set against a stunningly inventive and almost improvised background, these are clever arrangements but never too fussy to detract from the classic versions of the songs we hear in our minds.
Recording quality is very good, but I could have done with a little more space to enjoy more ambient reverb on the overall sound. The perfect accompaniment to a large gin and tonic (other than a slice of lime), these tracks are one stage on from cocktail music, in that they draw the serious listener in to the skill of the two instrumentalists whilst appealing to a wider audience as a very relaxing disc.