As is the case with the Blue Note catalog, the vast holdings of Impulse! are best sampled one album at a time. For the overview-loving listener, though, various-artists collections such as this one offer an enjoyable way to start plotting a single-artist disc strategy. Most of the albums these songs are culled from are without a doubt classics (Coltrane's Africa/Brass, Sonny Rollins' Alfie, 'Trane and Ellington's collaborative recording), but neophytes will be pleased to know the cuts here are all top-notch in their own right. And that goes for other fine offerings here by the likes of Keith Jarrett, Gil Evans, and suave vocalist Johnny Hartman. A roundup that deserves more than just a cutout bin fate.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook