Atlantic's exhaustive jazz series rolls on with an enigmatically titled roundup of swing and bop veterans. One would guess that "Mainstream" here refers to the absence of any envelope-pushing types from the hard bop and free jazz camps. Instead, listeners will be wowed by the stately and vintage sounds of a mid-'50s Coleman Hawkins and Milt Jackson collaboration, Tony Fruscella's cool-toned trumpet work, the MJQ's chamber jazz, and some latter-day big-band delights from Ellington and Woody Herman. Topping things off, onetime Atlantic star Ray Charles goes all smooth on "Ain't Misbehavin'" and bop drum kit innovator Kenny Clarke delivers some European echoes in an expat ensemble co-led by Belgian pianist Francy Boland. A treat.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook