@Rafael. It’s always interesting to hear a different perspective. I agree that it feels very organic, surely in this case the team is above the individual. As far as I know, Kennedy and Weckl have been working together since they were teenagers, so they understand each other pretty well.
I didn’t feel it was too civil and polite, of course we have a different music taste, so it’s normal.
I have no idea about the story behind the track names and the title of the album. Best tracks for me are, in no particular order, “Hurry up”, “Elements”, “The 70s”; “Don’t forget your jacket” is nice too. I wouldn’t compare this track to Whiplash as they are two different jazz subgenres (at least I perceive them this way). Who knows maybe you are right, it could be a reference to Whiplash of course, I’ve never thought of that.
The album seems to be well recorded indeed, on Discogs it’s reported this:
All songs written and arranged by Tom Kennedy (PKTK Music-ASCAP)
Tom Kennedy, at Euphoria Studios and TK Sound (NYC)
Dave Weckl , at The Garage (Los Angeles,CA)
Jay Oliver , at Studios 88 (St.Louis,MO)
Chris Stone , at Sony Tree Studios (Nashville,TN)
Richard Bryant , at RV Production (Monterey,CA)
Ada Rovatti, at HamptonSound Studio (East Hampton NY)
I haven’t listened to “Point of view” yet, I had just a quick preview and felt it was very different from “Stories” if I’m not mistaken. I’m waiting for the new album to come out, it’s called “New start”. By the way I’m glad if you found this artist interesting overall.
If are you interested, there’s a video on Weckl’s YT channel where he talks about his part in this album. I find it fascinating to get a glimpse of what’s behind an album.