This is rapidly becoming my favorite David Benoit album. His music has always been pleasant to listen to and with excellent sound quality (as is true in most of the world of smooth jazz), but didn't seem particularly challenging (with the exception of some of his early albums). This album is a departure, a return to the world of the traditional jazz trio (piano, drums, bass) with a much more improvisational feel even though they've chosen, as the title suggests, standards. The music feels as if Benoit is challenging himself, and he's up to the challenge. This album can take its place among the best of today's jazz piano trios. Instead of making you think of the music of today's smooth jazz mainstays like Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber, or Rick Braun, this album makes you think of Oscar Petersen or even some of Dave Brubeck's music. Recommended.