A well-done overview of the early years of tenorist Allan Eager – a key player in the postwar rise of bop alongside Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, and others – but one who never got the fame of some of his contemporaries! The 2CD package features a wealth of material with Eager in the lead – key recordings done as a sideman with Coleman Hawkins, Red Rodney, Buddy Rich, Stan Getz, Tony Fruscella, Tadd Dameron, and others – plus a handful of some of the few dates cut under his own name as a leader! Tracks were recorded over the decade between 1946 and 1956 – and they offer a fully fleshed-out picture of Eager's tremendous talents on the tenor – schooled in styles borrowed from Lester Young, but often set off in much more modern modes overall. Titles include "Allen's Alley" with Coleman Hawkins, "Blues" with JATP, "The Goof & I" with Red Rodney, "Daily Double" with Buddy Rich, "Groovin High" with Barry
Ulanov & His Metronome All Stars, "Good Bait" with Tadd Dameron, "Five Brothers" with Stan Getz, "Perdido" with Terry Gibbs, "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Muy" with Tony Fruscella, and "Mulligan's Too" with Gerry Mulligan – plus "Zootcase", "Rampage", "Vot's Dot", "Booby Hatch", "Donald Jay", and "Meeskate" all recorded by Allan Eager as a leader.
(Out of print.)