Every cut of this 13-song album is a revelation, a foot-tapping, head-bopping load of fun mixing nostalgia with new interpretations. It is not unusual for an instrumental jazz album to cover standards from folks like Duke Ellington. Ted Kooshian covers Ellington, too, with a hopping rendition of “Purple Gazelle.” But it is the other covers here that astound, amaze and amuse. There is an Arabian-tango saxed-up take of the old “Underdog” cartoon theme. While that old tune, especially with this revved-up version, may not be familiar to many listeners, Kooshian’s covers of Quincy Jones’ “Sanford and Son” theme will catch your attention. He also takes a stab at a melancholy, discordant instrumental version of the Popeye theme, with a wobbly, Sunday-morning-coming-quality suggesting the sailor may have something a little more brisk than just spinach in the can. The “Wild, Wild West” theme starts with its familiar bum-bump, bum-bump opening then transcends into a near-religious experience on saxophone. This is the type of album that may offend some jazz purists. Too bad. It’s just the type of album to make jazz fans out of non-jazz listeners.
by Dean Poling – Valdosta Daily Times (2009)