The piano man goes fully front and center this time out putting his name out front and his piano in the spotlight. Influenced by greats like Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan and a sidekick to golden oldies like James Moody and Benny Golson, Professor Kocour is no manqué when it comes to kicking it out old school in high style. Tackling a set of mostly chestnuts that you have to work equally as hard on to screw up as to make shine in a new way, your ears are treated to him doing it the latter way taking tunes you know inside out and taking them someplace else quite unexpected. A piano man of the highest order, this set is a proper step from the shadows that does nothing but impress throughout. And through all that, who'd have thought he had time to read "Buckaroo Bonzai"?