“In the first set, the group combined familiar standards with Anderson originals, and as they warmed up, the intensity and swing of their playing developed in the direction of more and more improvisational freedom typical of the best grooving club dates. With his original, "In a Misty Glow," from Freefall, Anderson began to come forth with his fantastic guitar work, shifting timbres and sonorities, executing Paganini-like swift fingering, and resonating with the history of the jazz guitar, with shades of Django Reinhardt, Les Paul, Wes Montgomery, and Pat Martino floating around in a bluesy mix. Three more originals, "Bojon," "Enchanted Garden," and "Double Dippin'" gave Anderson additional opportunities to show his wares, and bass guitarist, Eric Schreiber came on with solos whose virtuosity complemented Anderson well and took off from ideas developed by the latter. The trio plays in a tightly coordinated formation that at times sounds virtually like a single instrument.”
“Nice moments here, like the opening modal number ‘Princess of the Nile’ and the relaxed ‘In a Misty Glow,’ which has Anderson alternately double-timing furiously and laying into the luxurious tempo. The group swings with gusto on ‘Flight,’ the dynamic title track and the closer, ‘Diablo’s Dream,’ which gives bassist Eric Schreiber and drummer Ed Rick room to stretch. Anderson also showcases his considerable chord-melody skills on two gorgeous, unaccompanied ballads, ‘Song for Coreen’ and ‘Chanson.”
“It's clear from the rockish and startling chords of the opener, 'Princess of the Nile,' that guitarist Chuck Anderson is a unique force. The guitarist and composer, now 62, held staff guitar jobs for years at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill and the Valley Forge Music Fair in Devon, meaning he played with folks like singers Bobby Darin and Nancy Wilson. Plus, early on, he was a student of visionary Philly jazz teacher Dennis Sandole.
The combination of high-end harmonics and accessible jazz gets distilled here into a likable mix. Working with bassist Eric Schreiber and drummer Ed Rick, Anderson takes a melodic approach, showing a romantic vibe on 'Mystique' that communicates well without dumbing it all down.
Anderson plays with a more classic bebop feeling on 'Exit Blues'...the guy can communicate. And everywhere he pays tribute to Wes Montgomery.”
— The Phildelphia Inquirer
“There’s really only one word to describe this guitar jazz album from Chuck & the rest of his trio – EXCITING! That doesn’t mean that it’s all “jump”, or “near-rock”, either… you’ll find some absolutely sweet tunes in the 12 all-original pieces… On the other hand, if you DO want to jump a bit, try the opener, “Princess of the Nile”… great walkin’ bass line, and the drums are there in grand fashion to help the strut that Chuck leads your ears through. This is great music, not just great jazz (though it certainly is that). The title track, “Freefall”, has some beautiful interactions between all three players; I dug it in a big way, but being the uptown blues kinda’ cat I am, it was surely “Exit Blues” that captured my vote for favorite track… while it surely isn’t “gut-funk”, it will make you taste what the aftermath of the blues is – pure JOY!. I give this fine jazz CD my MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED”