When Florida Georgia Line released their debut Here's to the Good Times in 2012, the duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard had no idea what kind of good times were about to come their way. Surely, the duo had a record-breaking 2013, as their breakthrough hit "Cruise" racked up 24 weeks at number one on the Billboard country charts, breaking the record that had stood in place since 1955. Such success surely can't be replicated and, to FGL's credit, they don't seem quite as concerned with surpassing "Cruise" and "Get Your Shine On" on 2014's Anything Goes, their highly anticipated second album. Despite the loosey-goosey title, there's not much left to chance on Anything Goes: it's designed to consolidate Florida Georgia Line's success and maybe give them a little bit of cred they never amassed on their debut.
A young man falls in love with a beautiful blonde. When he sees her being forced onto a luxury liner, he decides to follow and rescue her. However, he discovers that she is an English heiress who ran away from home and is now being returned to England. He also discovers that his boss is on the ship. To avoid discovery, he disguises himself as the gangster accomplice of a minister, who is actually a gangster on the run from the law.
This is a jazz session with the renowned classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma joining the fun. The emphasis is on the music of Cole Porter, which was very familiar ground to Grappelli long before the session took place. Grappelli, guitarist Marc Fosset and bassist Jon Burr go it alone on the quick run through "Just One of Those Things." Pianist Roger Kellaway and drummer Daniel Humair also add solid rhythm support, though they mostly stay out of the solo spotlight.
The 1987 recording Anything Goes teams together violinist Stephane Grappelli with altoist Phil Woods. The combination is very logical and successful, with the two veteran greats clearly inspired by each other's presence and blending together quite well. Joined by a three-piece pianoless rhythm section that includes drummer Louie Bellson, Grappelli and Woods jam happily together on eight standards and the violinist's "Love Song"; the opening number is mistakenly listed as being "All of Me" but is actually "You Took Advantage of Me." Plenty of sparks fly during this set, with the always-explosive Woods setting a fire under Grappelli. Highly recommended. (Allmusic)