This is really a 5 star record but is marred by some fuzzy sound on parts of Jazz Studio 2.
Studio 1. was recorded in New York in October 1953 and features Joe Newman, Bennie Green, Franks Foster, Paul Quinichette, Hank Jones, Johnny Smith, Eddie Jones and Kenny Clarke. This award winning session is quite simply the best Jam Session I have ever heard. Everyone is on top form with Bennie Green outstanding. The nice thing is that they perform as a team not just as individuals.
Studio 2 was recorded in L.A. in June 1954. It features Don Fagerquist, Milt Bernhart, John Graas, Herb Geller, Jimmy Giuffre, Marty Paitch, Howard Roberts, Cutis Counce and Larry Bunker. This is "West Coast Jazz" at its best with, once again, averyone in top form. Herb Geller is the stand out soloist. I had not realised what a brilliant player he was. Am I alone in thinking that he was overlooked in the appreciation of the West Coast movement?
Studio 1 covers the first two tracks with Studio 2. performing the other 6. - John. P.