men, playing in Paris – and working in the sort of all-star jam session mode you'd know from the Jazz At
recordings of the 50s! The format here is similar – some key players, in modes that run from swing to bop to more modern jazz
– all brought together in an amazing display of spontaneous dexterity and individual imagination! This CD marks the first time this music has ever been issued, and the recording quality is great – really at
a level that matches the best of those older Verve concerts – and the group is an unusual septet, with Lee Konitz on alto, JJ Johnson and Kai Winding on trombones, Phineas Newborn and Red Garland on pianos, Oscar Pettiford on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. Titles include nice open takes of "Dahoud", "Afternoon In Paris", "Stardust", "This Can't Be Love", "Bernie's Tune", "Bag's Groove", "It's Alright With Me", "Laverne Walk", "Blue Lou", and "Star Eyes".