This double-LP from the Swedish Metronome label has a variety of intriguing bop-oriented performances by Americans who were visiting Sweden during 1949-1953. Some of these selections were leased by Prestige, and a few became famous, including two that were utilized for vocalese performances. Tenor saxophonist James Moody is featured on a dozen selections, including his version of "I'm in the Mood for Love" that became the basis for "Moody's Mood for Love." Zoot Sims is heard on two numbers; the great Swedish baritonist Lars Gullin leads a date that also includes Conte Candoli, Frank Rosolino, Lee Konitz, and Zoot Sims; and pianist George Wallington heads a sextet for an extended "Blue Bird." In addition, Annie Ross sings two songs (including the original version of "Jackie") and Stan Getz's eight numbers include the first American version of "Dear Old Stockholm" and his "Don't Be Afraid" (which would become a vocalese classic); pianist Bengt Hallberg is in the supporting cast. Some of these performances have not yet become readily available on CD, and, in any case, this is a particularly attractive two-fer that includes pictures of many of the main soloists.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow