Bernie McGann is one of the greatest of all jazz musicians, either here or anywhere, for that matter. He represents the essence of the music; uncompromising and thoroughly schooled in the tradition, while creating his own response to it. We have enjoyed playing together over the years, and this album of ballads is the closest I have come to making a jazz album in the classic sense of the word. We are joined by two of my favorite people: Phil Rex on bass and Simon Barker, drums.