This exciting CD reissues all of tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet's Victor recordings of 1947-1950. Jacquet was riding high during the period, and at times his octet included trumpeter Joe Newman, trombonist J.J. Johnson, baritonist Leo Parker, and either Sir Charles Thompson or John Lewis on piano. The 18 performances (all of which have also been reissued in a large but limited-edition Mosaic box set) feature plenty of heated solos by Jacquet (such as "Jet Propulsion," "Riffin' at 24th Street," "Mutton Leg," and "Adam's Alley") plus occasional warm ballads. The CD is rounded off by Jacquet playing "Flying Home" in a guest shot with Lionel Hampton at the 1967 Newport Jazz Festival. Highly recommended to listeners not lucky enough to have the Mosaic set.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow