Following on the heels of his solid 2012 release Upper West Side Story
, his first album of all original compositions, guitarist Broom returns to the Great American Songbook for his newest release. Joined by bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer Makaya McCraven, this session's intimacy is matched by its warmth. There is an old-school feel to this recording, both in terms of the expression of the music and its sonic qualities, a sense of Being There. The rendition of "Sweet and Lovely" has a personable charm to the way it sings out the melody, but the title-track "My Shining Hour," with its slow build from a peaceful state to an active one is the album's highlight. Broom has consistently displayed a tasteful craftsmanship and a laid-back style, which is a powerful combination even though it's often subtly expressed.