From the very opening bars of "Lullaby of Birdland", the sweet interplay of Vaughan's velvet voice and Brownie's mellifluous trumpet make this recording truly wonderful. Brownie took a break from the illustrious Max Roach Quintet to play with Vaughan and a band put together for the date. It exudes the aura of great occasions - collective confidence, fluid ideas and the chemistry of a fresh association. It's one of those records that leave you yearning for more; her later After Hours (1961) is similarly frustrating in length. But a concentrated selection of superbly executed songs is like a little treat. Her command of the material's harmonic intricacies is all the more remarkable for the ease and grace with which she delivers it. On this recording Sarah Vaughan exhibited her elegant phrasing with awesome mastery.