The first 2 entries in Decca's incredible Jazz Studio series – a set of recordings designed to rival the Jam Session sides over at Verve – handled with an equally great range of players, and often recorded in an open studio style! Jazz Studio 1 is the first and loosest of the series from the 50s – an quite possibly the most Verve-like too. This set's got a very open-ended jam session feel – with a group that include Paul Quinichette
and Frank Foster on tenor, Hank Jones on piano, Benny Green on trombone, Joe Newman on trumpet, Johnny Smith on guitar, and Kenny Clarke on drums – playing two long tracks, one on each side: "Let's Split" and "Tenderly" – taken in long versions that have plenty of room for solo space! Jazz Studio 2 is easily one of our favorite of the Jazz Studio series on Decca – featuring altoist Herb Geller with a group that includes Milt Bernhardt on trombone, John Graas on French horn, Don Fagerquist on trumpet, Marty Paich on piano, and Howard Roberts on guitar – supported by the team of Curtis Counce on bass and Larry Bunker on drums. The overall approach is tight, but with lean and mean solos – similar to work by these players on labels like Mode or Nocturne at the time, but with longer than usual tracks – in keeping with the Jazz Studio style. Titles include "Do It Again", "Graas Point", "Laura", "Here Come The Lions", and "Paicheck" – which is not a typo, as the tune was written by Marty Paich!