This reissue presents the guitar innovator in a variety of jazz settings, all dating from the mid-forties. The bulk of the first CD is taken up by the July 1944 AFRS concert from Los Angeles, complete with announcements. The line-up included Nat "King" Cole (who sings Sweet Lorraine), trumpeter Shorty Sherock, and Illinois Jacquet and Jack McVea on tenor, with trombonist J.J.Johnson joining on the last four tracks, where Sherock drops out. Be warned that the latter's contributions rely heavily upon the stratospheric register, but if you enjoy the excitement of a live performance you'll not be disappointed.
Elsewhere, recordings by Les Paul's Trio are interspersed by groupings with Art Tatum, the Eddie Heywood Sextet, Lionel Hampton, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Willie Smith & his Orchestra, and a guitar trio of Barney Kessel, Irving Ashby, and Arv Garrison at an AFRS Jubilee show. Throughout, Les Paul tailors his virtuosity to his surroundings, sound quality is excellent, and the result is very satisfying.