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Although trumpeter and pop iconis largely associated with his jazz, Latin, and lounge instrumentals of the '60s and '70s, he's never fully retired from the music scene. In fact, 's 2013 album with wife and vocalist won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Coming on the heels of that album, 's 2014 effort, , finds the stylistically wide-ranging artist once again bringing together a mix of jazz standards, smooth pop instrumentals, and infectious original compositions. Working with his nephew, arranger/producer , as well as such longtime collaborators as , , and , has crafted an album that perfectly updates his approach for a modern audience. was an early adopter of electronic sounds and is no exception as it features a very club-ready, EMD reworking of the swing-era classic "Chattanooga Choo Choo." It's an iconoclastic move also echoed in his funky, hip-hop-inflected take on "Blue Moon." While always seems to be in search of new musical ground to explore, he's conversely never afraid to revisit his past, as evidenced by his electronic- and contemporary R&B-infused arrangement of his old number "Spanish Harlem." Elsewhere, teams again with for several gorgeous, laid-back Latin numbers including the funky "Don't Cry," and the romantic "5 A.M." And it’s not just 's knack for crafting listenable, relaxing pop songs that makes so enjoyable. Arguably, 's trumpet playing has only deepened over the years and cuts here, like his poignant orchestral reading of "When Sunny Gets Blue," reveal his gift for small group jazz balladry that brings to mind a mix of and . Ultimately, whether he's digging deep into a jazz standard, or defying expectations with a breezy electronic arrangement, proves yet again he is a true pop journeyman on "