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I initially bought this recorded set on vinyl in the early 1960's. Over the past 40 years it has remained one of my favorite records.Lewis' recorded work outside the MJQ appears limited,and the latter group's output does not appeal to some people who categorise it as chamber music. This set is quite different. It features Lewis as arranger and pianist within a core group of Jim Hall, George Duvivier, and Connie Kay, accompanied on various tracks by Paul Gonsalves, Herb Pomeroy, Eric Dolphy, Benny Golson, Gunther Schuller and James Rivers. Gonsalves is superb on the extended track 'Body and Soul' while the other tracks, particularly the small-group 'standards' are presented with eloquence and sensitivity. This particular version of 'I remember Clifford' remains my favorite to date. The two latter tracks on this set were not included on the original record, and must count as a bonus! This is a beautiful timeless set; don't try to categorise it too closely just buy it and enjoy it!