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The strong points about this cd include the amazing accurate sound quality, its wonderful to hear those clarinet keys rattle during the solo on Mooche, this cd is a DSD transfer triumph. Skin deep you may not like if you are not a big fan of drum solo's, I think it's ok but every time the full band kicks in again is a bit of a relief. The controversial suite. Is it some kind of knowing parody as some reviews have suggested? I don't know but I've never warmed to it. Despite this the band are red hot throughout and if you love Clark Terry there's lots to love.Over time the part of this cd I keep coming back to is the Liberian suite as it is a fantastic composition throughout plus the sound quality is phenomenal for its recording date of 1949. Compared with the rest of the cd on Liberian there is occasional surface noise. Compared, however, with a Masters of Jazz selection of the suite I have the imrpovements brought about by this version are incredible. All in all, for the price unmissable bargain but over time you may well dip into your favourites rather than listen all the way through.