"At Liberty" is a trio performance with Billy Lester at the piano, Sean Smith on bass, and Skip Scott on drums. It was recorded live in New York City.
"[Lester] employs the standard piano trio format, but his music is anything but standard. It begins with a dynamic punch and continues to accelerate with a two-fisted attack of seven compositions written by him…[He] generates a distinctive gusto with his multi-layered tonality that propels the songs into a non-stop procession of vigorous improvising…Lester is a piano player who warrants attention through his divergent approach to the instrument."
Cadence Magazine – June, 1998
"Impressively unselfconscious…[Lester] reconstrues 'All the Things You Are,' 'Back Home in Indiana,' 'Out of Nowhere' into thoroughly modern and emotionally affective music that’s subtle, smart and swinging."
"Pianist Billy Lester continues to imress with his cohesive aggregation of bassist Sean Smith and drummer Skip Scott; the individual players feed off one another almost intuitively, yet reflect the same independent spirit in their respective solo stints…though at times showing an indebtedness to Sal Mosca, Lennie Tristano, even Monk, [Lester] is very much his own man, incorporating a versatility and playful spontaneity."