A classic slice of work from one of the greatest trombonists in 50s jazz – the legendary Jimmy Cleveland
, a player who worked on countless large group sessions, but rarely got to work as a leader on his own! The 4 Mercury albums on this set are easily some of the greatest material Cleveland
ever recorded – sessions done with arrangements by Quincy Jones, Ernie Wilkins, Benny Golson, and Gigi Gryce – all in a warm blend of soul jazz and modernism that sparkles with Jimmy's smooth touch on his instrument. All sides are in septet or octet formation – with players that include Art Farmer, Lucky Thompson, Benny Golson, Cecil Payne, Hank Jones, and Art Taylor – all well suited to match Cleveland
's understated groove. Tunes are a good mix of modern jazz numbers, original compositions, and well-chosen standards – including "Little Beaver", "See Minor", "Vixen", "Count Em", "Hear Ye Hear Ye", "Posterity", "Goodbye Ebbets Field", "Tom Kattin", "Tricotism", "Old Reliable", "Crazy Rhythm", "Our Delight", "Jay Bird", "Jimmy's Old Funky Blues", "Jimmy's Tune", and "A Jazz Ballad".
(Out of print.)