Please say hello to trombonist and composer Jay Vonada, who has delivered a splendid second CD, Red Pajamas - a welcome follow-up to his 2008 debut, Jammin'. Red Pajamas features Vonada - a well-respected, busy Central Pennsylvania musician - with two favorite colleagues: organist Alex Sell and drummer Kevin Lowe. They form a spirited, percolating trio, delving here into an array of natty originals with zest and invention. The 9-song program kicks off with "Blue Mood," a Vonada blues (he wrote all the songs save two) with a tidy line and unhurried gait. Here, as throughout, the musicians play with an alluring musicality: the leader boasts a glowing-to-raspy tone and a wealth of improvisational swagger; Sell creates engaging sonic shades from the keyboard; and ardent timekeeper Lowe offers deft percussive sounds. "November Day" is a peppy waltz that opens with a crackling Lowe solo. Jay's subsequent outing reveals his gleaming sound and powerhouse technique. The Latin-bent "Fresh Start" is so well-crafted it sounds like a standard. Jay's lines pack punch, and Alex scores with soft, light-filled organ sounds. Lowe's "Not A Thing" has an invigorating, make-you-dance "New Orleans street-beat, second line feel that's great to play on," says Jay. Sell's "Jeanie B." is a medium-slow groover headlined by a singable theme. The band's finger-popping efforts enhance it's charm. Jay's "Sea Jam" has a funky rhythmic undercurrent he calls "a New Jack Swing kind of feel. Crowds enjoy it." A shout chorus adds zip. "Merino," with Jay employing the cup mute for a nice color change, leads to the title track, a dandy bossa. The waltz blues, "E in 3," brings this ace affair to a vibrant close. To me, Red Pajamas comes off like a happening live set, say at Zola New World Bistro in State College, Pa., where the band has a monthly hit. This is hip, refreshing music, worthy of repeated visits. Zan Stewart.