3 very unusual slices of work by trumpeter Charlie Shavers – proof of his vitality and the range of his powers during the 50s! The first 4 tracks on the set are from the Horn Of Plenty 10" LP recorded for Bethlehem – a pretty weird little record for trumpeter Charlie, done as a "story of the jazz trumpet", and featuring narration by Al Jazzbo Collins
talks his way through the set – providing some hipster speak that sets that stage for a variety of older tunes featuring Shavers on solo. The set list includes "Young Man With A Horn", "Salt Peanuts", "Desert Dawn", and "Moten Swing" – all done in pretty cool, swinging versions. The next 5 tracks on the set feature recordings from 1957 – 2 of which feature vocalist Maxine Sullivan, and all of which include Buster Bailey on clarinet, Russell Procope on alto, and Billy Kyle on piano – on tunes that include "Windy", "Rose Room", "If I Had A Ribbon Row", and "Molly Malone". The last 8 tracks on the set are from a swinging late 50s album called We Dig Cole – a batch of Cole Porter tunes performed by Shavers with a group that includes Urbie Green on trombone, Sol Yaged on clarinet, Buddy Weed on piano, Cozy Cole on drums, and Sam Taylor on tenor. Larry Clinton arranged, and the whole thing's got a highly swinging approach – and tunes include "Night & Day", "It's Delovely", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Just One Of Those Things", and "My Heart Belongs To Daddy".