German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell is one of heavy metal's masterminds, thanks to his spiraling playing techniques, which helped Pell remain a mainstay in the hard rock genre for decades. His first band, Steeler, kicked off a career in Europe during the early part of the '80s, issuing three albums (1984's Steeler, 1985's Rulin' the Earth, 1986's Strike Back) prior to 1987's Undercover Animal, which signaled the beginning of Pell's solo career. This professional jaunt allowed Pell to fully expose his riveting playing power and collaborations between he and other musicians. His 1989 album Wild Obsession showcased ex-Steeler bassist Volker Krawczak and vocal charm from Charlie Huhn, but 1991's sophomore effort proved Pell's determination.
Piano and tenor & soprano saxophone respectively, Filippini and Ionata, with Maurizio Rolli contrabass, Nicola Angelucci drums and an appearance of the drummer Giancarlo Alfani, present themselves in this their first CD with hints of great swing in the name of standard and original pieces. What is most striking to listen is the close understanding of the quartet in weaving the musical plots with the usual interplay: I love You by Cole Porter is the first of the examples, followed by nine others.