Charlie Barnet is best known for his Bluebird recordings of 1939-42 and his mid-1940s work for Decca, but he continued leading big bands through 1949 and occasionally in the 1950s. This excellent Verve LP (little if any of the material has been reissued on CD yet) unfortunately does not give personnel or date information. Three of the first six selections and most likely all six are from late 1947 when Clark Terry was one of Barnet's trumpet soloists (along with Jimmy Nottingham), Claude Williams was on piano and the arrangements were starting to be a bit bop-oriented despite mostly being remakes of swing tunes (including "Charleston Alley," "Gal From Joe's," and "Blue Lou"). Also on this are two remakes of earlier hits ("Cherokee" and "Skyliner") from 1951 and seven numbers recorded July 9-10, 1952. The latter dates have some spots from trumpeter Charlie Shavers and include pianist Hank Jones and guitarist Mundell Lowe in the lineup. Charlie Barnet plays quite well throughout (on tenor, alto, and soprano), making one regret his decision to be less active as time passed. Worth searching for.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow