Despite the fact that bassist Pettiford is much more of a small group player than a large band one, ABC cut him on a very tasty batch of "orchestra" sides during the mid 50s – pretty hard swinging little numbers that feature players like Tommy Flanagan, Gigi Gryce, Art Farmer, Jerome Richardson, and Lucky Thompson, all of whom have a similar talent to Pettiford for standing out well amidst a larger group of jazz players. And despite the size of the groups (about 10 to 15 players), Pettiford's bass really is in the lead – recorded nice and high in the mix, setting the pace with a strong groove, and breaking out for some solos that are kind of rare in a session like this. The tracks are all pretty darn hip, too – many with arrangements by Gryce – and titles include "Two French Fries", "The Pendulum
At Falcon's Lair", "Not So Sleepy", "Smoke Signal", and "Speculation".
(Great Japanese 70s pressing – with insert!)