Lovano is, as usual, warm-hearted and engaging. His tone continues to deepen, along with his instinct for popular song. Byron Olson's orchestrations evoke Eddie Sauter and Gil Evans -- and that's a compliment. Besides their wind and string configurations, they feature Lovano's wife, Judi Silvano, on vocals, which gives them an otherworldly feel. Other tracks are more sparse and intimate, and the sequencing pops with surprise. Viva Caruso is accessible and loving, a tribute that puts its stamp on the past by looking forward.
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