A lovely little vocal set from Tom Lellis – a singer that we only know from his 70s record on Inner City – and who sounds even better on this album! Lellis works in a style that's very much in the manner of Mark Murphy – jazz-based, but in a warm and breezy mode that borrows heavily from Brazilian jazz – and which has the singer really opening up alongside the instrumentation, not just sitting back
with a simple delivery of lyrics. Lellis plays a bit of keyboards on the set as well – and he's working in a small group setting with help from some great talents that include Toninho Horta, Jeremy Steig, Kenny Werner, Romero Lumbambo, and Dave Kikoski. The whole set's got a wonderful feel – like some of our favorite indie vocal albums from the Bay
Area scene of the 70s – and the track list is an imaginative batch of tunes with a strong Brazilian influence, titles that include "Beyond The Sea", "Being Cool", "From Tom To Tom", "Luisa", "Be My Love", "Bridges", "Free Bossa", and "Falando De Amor".