Doug Hamilton's story is amazing in that he didn?t begin playing trombone until age 40. He was, you see, busy being head of surgery for two hospitals! So it was doctor by day and jazz student by night! I might say, right off the bat, that you?re going to enjoy these well-loved standards in this ensemble setting. From ?By Myself? to ?Up Jumped Spring?; from ?Oleo? to ?That's All?; or ?Very Early? to ?My Funny Valentine.? Hamilton's arranging is crisp as a new dollar bill, and he allows generous solo space for his small big band. Everyone digs in and grooves with authority, making this high-spirited session an exercise in pure joy.