There will never be a more tight, swinging trio in jazz history than Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and Ed Thigpen. But when you add the brilliant, hysterically funny Clark Terry into the mix, you have an album for the ages, drenched in the blues and consistently swinging.
It kicks off with Brotherhood of Man, a catchy Frank Loesser tune, and from the opening horn call and response with the rhythm section, things are flying. Thigpen's fills are nonpareil, and he drives the band with incredible power and precision. His brushwork on Rondelay is superb. Brown as always lays down a great resonant walking bass line,(he's the upright's standard bearer) and Oscar is at the peak of his powers as a soloist, and very much in control pushing the envelope behind Terry's hilarious Mumbles. Terry is marvelous; both his open and muted horn work are exhilarating and always in great taste. The only misgiving is that the playing time is relatively brief. Recorded in 1964, this album is timeless. Most highly recommended.