A throwback to the glory days of arrangers, Slonaker is a cat working in the shadows of Hollywood composing and arranging for loads of shows and movies that you wouldn't know he had a hand in unless you hang around for the credits, in small type. A dynamic set with a big band populated by the crime of contemporary jazz, this is one of those sets that looks forward while looking back. He reveres the past enough that he won't make you forget Bill Holman---mainly because he wants you to know where he's coming from. All you could want from a contemporary big band date and more, this is the real deal by a player that knows his stuff. A winner throughout.