This CD showcases what must have been one of Kenton`s best Bands in terms of musical skill and talent. Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Childers,Frank Rossilino, Bill Russo, Lee Konitz and Bill Holman demonstrate verve, power and sharp section discipline in this 1952 studio recording session in Chicago. The original 10" LP did not include the first and last tracks on side one and side two and these added tracks on the CD do not seem to be in the same class as the rest of the works. Bill Russo, Gerry Mulligan and Bill Holman scored most of the numbers that give a faultless band this impressive workout. The two Mulligan numbers generate the classic big band swing sound,whilst Bill Russo`s contrast with the `Improvisation` track is almost `orchestral` along the lines of Kenton`s own `Concerto to End All Concertos`. Having been a Kenton fan for 45 years and heard Kenton play live in the 60`s and 70`s, I would say that no Kenton fan should be without this CD.