The cover on this one's so goofy, it's easy to miss what a great session it is – but the album's a west coast gem from the late 50s, with a really unique sound that makes it a must-have for any fan of the LA
scene of the time! Jimmy Rowles leads the group on piano, and the album features 2 different lineups – one with Harold Land
on tenor and Larry Bunker on vibes, the other with Pete Candoli on trumpet – both of which are augmented by Barney Kessel on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums. And while Candoli's trumpet is wonderfully sparkling on the set, we really really love the pairing of Land
and Bunker – as the vibes and tenor sound is arranged here with a counterpoint that's just great, and which features some especially biting tones from Land
! Titles include "The Cobra", "El Tigre", "Cheetas For Two", "Lullaby Of Birdland
", "All For You", "East Of The Sun", and "The Blues". CD features 2 bonus alternate takes!
(Original pressing! Cover has some splitting on the top seam.)