"A smashing debut, a deliberate likeable album, to win over the listener."
This quartet recording with trumpeter from Chad McCullough's Seattle is traditional. That does not mean that the group with bassist Chuck Deardorf and drummer John Bishop is mainstream, it's just that the compositions
that the two leaders deliver more right-to-earth feeling than the Belgian quintet [review taken from a double review]. Weijters and McCullough search frequently in the lyrics, making this debut pretty good to prune. Weijters-like Dollar Brand displays his pianistic skills both in classical sounding pieces ("Another Ballad Dark") and In compositions that lean towards the soul-jazz ("Free As Poetry"). McCullough also knows it well, and with his clear trumpet sound he looks first in the telling a good story, rather than in the virtuoso display of sleight of hand. He colors with nice fat sweeping lines, if necessary, and remains small and intimate as the piece demands it.
This album draws comparisons with the music of Angelo Verploegen. "Imaginary Sketches' is not an overwhelming debut, but a deliberate feast, which very sympathetically wins over the listener.