Charlie Haden's feelings for his country run deep. And even when there are no words involved, as on this all-instrumental album, the bassist's heart-on-his-sleeve pride in his homeland comes shining through. If only one song is explicitly a nationalistic ode ("America the Beautiful"), each of the other tracks is permeated by a glowing musical radiance that communicates heartfelt emotions. Each member of the all-star unit seems to have been touched by this same elation: tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker, pianist Brad Mehldau, and drummer Brian Blade all play with elegance and invention. (Noted arrangers Alan Broadbent, Vince Mendoza, and Jeremy Lubbock, with a 34-piece orchestra in tow, also contribute to the general excellence of the project.) The material ranges widely, utilizing work from Haden ("American Dreams") and Mehldau, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman, Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, and Don Sebesky, as well as Hollywood tunesmiths Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Don Grusin (including the popular "It Might Be You"). It's fitting that Haden expresses his love of country through his obvious love of American music.