Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

While the music of Tadd Dameron is familiar to dedicated jazz fans, pianist Tardo Hammer is one of just a few musicians who have dedicated themselves to exploring Dameron's music in depth. Well accompanied by bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth, Hammer explores obvious numbers, including a jaunty take of "Hot House" (which is based upon Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love"), a dreamy but never syrupy interpretation of the lovely ballad "If You Could See Me Now" and a hard charging romp through "Our Delight." But fans are especially in for a treat with the less familiar works, like the whimsical "Flossie Lou" and the angular "Look Stop & Listen," penned as a feature for drummer Philly Joe Jones and showcasing Farnsworth in this fiery interpretation. Hammer's sensitive arrangement of "Smooth as the Wind" seems as if he is accompanying an unheard vocalist, though Hammer is no stranger to backing singers. This is yet another top drawer session by the talented Tardo Hammer.