"[Kessel] was well-read, articulate, and frequently outspoken and opinionated . . . . It all provided him with deep musical and emotional reservoirs to draw from, something that he especially exploited in his treatment of the kind of material featured in this collection of love songs which, for the most part, reveal the subtle, melodic side of his improvisational genius."
--Jim Ferguson, from the CD notes
with Harry Babasin, Kenny Barron, Ray Brown, Monty Budwig, Victor Feldman, Hampton Hawes, Al Hendrickson, Bobby Hutcherson, Elvin Jones, Shelly Manne, Red Mitchell, Jimmy Rowles, Ted Nash, Leroy Vinnegar, and others