Just how magnificently they pulled it off is caught in this live recording. The opening movement (allegro swing), swerves splendidly between big band swing and animated 18th-century flurries, with Ozone flying from the offset and SNJO director Tommy Smith ripping in on tenor sax.
Smith also provides an atmospheric prelude to the darkly tango-tinged second movement which sees a sinuous soprano sax interlude from Ruaridh Pattison and delicate ranging from the pianist, while the third movement, as its rondo / presto be-bop designation suggests, really travels, drummer Alyn Cosker driving things along, with Ozone sparkling and trumpeter Tom Walsh having a trenchant say. The whole recording brims with life-affirming virtuosity and wit.
The Scotsman, April 2014