From the first riff-like chorus of "Caravan," it is powerfully clear that the empathy of these three giants had in no way diminished in the fifteen years between their fourth and this, their fifth "Poll Winners" album. Recorded in 1975, the Straight Ahead date found Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, and Shelly Manne in a mood to rely on experience and instinct more than on the tight arrangements of their previous encounters. The result was an overall feeling of looseness and adventure within the bounds of mature musical judgment. A trio of the most experienced musicians in jazz were indulging themselves in a blowing session. The surprising rewards to the listener include an unorthodox treatment of the hitherto sedate ballad, "Laura."