Art song singer/songwriter Baker fleshes out extraordinary tunes with an all star cast (drummer Brian Blade, saxes Steve Wilson and Geof Bradfield, trumpeter Marquis Hill, bassist Clark Sommers, pianist Darrell Grant, guitarist Gregory Uhlmann, and a string quartet). On top of the cunning lyrics and compelling melodies that make up these tunes is Baker's voice. While it is assured and authoritative, there is a intimacy that adds a final layer of identification and authenticity. Oh yeah, that voice is also supremely musical. This is the record Sting has been trying to make for years. Sting may have the fame. Baker has the chops. And his record is all killer, no filler.