For prople who are fans of jazz, this is a recording of the 1956 concert in Seattle, and it was essentially rescued from the trash. The recording has been reproduced on two CDs that I am listening to as I write. The sound quality is esceptionally good, all things considered.
The first CD, the concert before the intermission, has three groups with spoken introductions by Norman Granz. It is all instrumental music.
The first group is a Swing Set with a septed comprising Ray Eldridge (trumpet), Flip Phillips (sax), Illinois Jacqet (sax), Oscar Peterson (piano), Herb Ellis (guitar), Ray Brown (bass), and Jo Jones (drums). They have five tracks: Up Tempo Blues; These Foolish Things; I Can't Get Started With You; Moonglow; and Noisy Norman Blues.
The second group is the Modern Jazz Quartet with John Lewis (piano), Milt Jackson (vibes), Percy Heath (bass), and Connie Kay (drums). They have four tracks: D and E Blues; Bess, Oh Where's My Bess; Django, and Bluesology.
The third group is the Modern Jazz Quartet with Sonny Stitt (alto sax), Stan Getz (tenor sax), and Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet) added in. There are five tracks after the introduction: Groovin' High; The Nearness of You; Round About Midnight; We'll Be Together Again; and Shaw 'Nuff.
The second CD, after the intermission, has three grouips plus a finale, all with spoken introductions by Stan Granz. It is all instrumental with the exception of Ella Fitzgerald.
Starting off, after the intermission, is the Gene Krupa Quartet with John Drew (bass), Dave McKenna (piano), Eddie Shu (tenor sax, alto sax, and trumpet), and Gene Krupa (drums). They have four tracks after the spoken introduction: Bernie's Tune; My One and Only Love; Drum Boogie; and Drum Boogie part 2.
Next up is the Oscar Peterson Trio with Oscar Peterson (piano), Herb Ellis (guitar) and Ray Brown (bass). They have three tracks: How About You; Will You Still Be Mine; and an unknown title.
That is followed by the Oscar Peterson Trio with Ella Fitzgerald for six additional tracks: Just One of Those Things; Do Nothing Till Your Hear From Me; Solitude; Roll 'Em Pete; Easy To Love; and Air Mail Special.
The finale is a harmonica track (title unknown). It is believed that Ella Fitzgerald played the harmonica based on an interview she did later, but the introduction did not identify the performer.
This is an exceptionally good buy with over two hours total playing time on the 2 CD set. There is an introductory booklet included in the jewel case that provides an overview of information about Jazz at the Philharmonic, and about the 1956 performance in Seattle. I highly recommend it to jazz fans. Concerts like this one are rare occurences.