An obscure one – and a rare meeting of modern and trad players, or perhaps we should say modern players with an ability to fit well in a tradish setting. The album features Giuffre playing clarinet and tenor in 2 swing-based groups – one that features Pee Wee Russell, George Wein, Oscar Pettiford, and Connie Kay, the other that features the same, minus Russell, with Rex Stewart on trumpet – on 2 tracks, "Blues In E Flat" and "In A Mellotone". Even better, though, is the 3rd long track on the album – "The Quiet Time", a moody modern number that features Giuffre on clarinet, Teddy Charles on vibes, and Heath and Kay working perfectly behind them in a mode that mixes the airiness of Giuffre's work on Atlantic, some of Charles' own musings from the time, and a bit of MJQ. The last track is a version of "Body & Soul", with Herbie Mann on flute, Dick Katz on piano, Oscar Pettiford on cello, Ray Brown
on bass, and Connie Kay on drums.
(Original black label pressing, with the "Long Playing Unbreakable" logo and deep groove. Cover is great!)