Two of the few albums ever cut by Ernie Wilkins as a leader – despite his presence as an arranger on countless jazz sessions of the 50s and 60s! Ernie's got a real flair for a tight bounce at the bottom and unusual horn formations at the top – a style that reminds us a lot of Oliver Nelson at his best, and which, like Nelson, often comes across with a more soulful approach than most of his contemporaries! The Wilkins groove is often playful, but never over-indulgent – joyously reveling in its own sharpness, but open enough to let the strong talents in the group do their own thing. Musicians include "Joe Newman
, Thad Jones, Al Grey, Benny Golson, Richard Williams, Clark Terry, Eddie Costa, and Kenny Burrell – and titles include "The Continental", "Broadway", "Gone With The Wind", "Baubles Bangles & Beads", "Somebody Loves Me", "All Of You", "Fresh Flute", "Lover Man", "A Swingin Serenade", "Speak Low", "Canadian Sunset", and "Gone With The Wind".
(Out of print.)