With the veteran drum legend Jeff Hamilton at the helm of any ensemble – swing is not just a given – it’s an imperative. United with the pianist Tamir Hendelman and the bassist Jon Hamar, Hamilton leads a trio that, as displayed on Catch Me If You Can, is committed to upholding the fundamentals of robust mainstream jazz: forthright and economical improvisation, lyricism, and, above all, uncompromising swing. Building on the foundation of Hamilton’s stirring stick and trademark brush artistry, the outfit calls attention to the durability of the enduring piano trio tradition. A reliably inspired entity for almost 30 years, the Jeff Hamilton Trio confirms with this captivating new recording that it remains one of the premier ensembles of its day. As the Jeff Hamilton Trio marches into a new decade, it has taken on a major challenge: how to keep the mainstream piano tradition fresh. With Catch Me If You Can it proves, beyond a doubt, it has succeeded.