I was never a Brubeck fan, but I enjoyed some of his early hits, and thought it would be interesting to listen to this compilation and hear how well his sound had worn. The answer, to my ears, is not very well, mainly due to the presence of Paul Desmond. I know that to dedicated Brubeckians this will be tantamount to sacrilege, but I just cannot get my ear around that dessicated tone, which sounds as though he's been preparing to play by sucking on a lemon. An instrument should provide nourishment to the ear, but this is pretty thin gruel, particularly if you compare it to that of Johnny Hodges, say, or Freddy Gardner (which names, picked at random, will serve to indicate where my preferences lie). Yet this represents such good value for money that I could not in all conscience give it less than three stars. If you enjoy this music you should add a star, and buy.