These previously unreleased performances are taken from a pair of Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts. This CD starts out in 1955 with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and tenorman Lester Young teaming up for "The Modern Set," and trumpeter Roy Eldridge and tenors Flip Phillips and Illinois Jacquet (the latter taking solo honors) jamming on "The Swing Set," and "Buddy Rich Explosion" features the great drummer along with most of the horn players. But actually, the 1954 session has more high points, particularly the lengthy "Jazz Concert Blues" and "The Challenges," both of which have colorful solos from trumpeters Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie, trombonist Bill Harris, and tenors Ben Webster and Flip Phillips; backup is supplied by pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Louis Bellson. In addition Bellson is showcased on "Ow!" and Eldridge has a short spot on "Willow Weep for Me." Jazz at the Philharmonic fans will have to get this frequently exciting European import.
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