A fine drummer, Gregg Field is heard on this CD at the head of a big band filled with some of Los Angeles' top straight-ahead jazz musicians. The 11 selections are arranged by Sammy Nestico, and are very much in the tradition of 1950s/'60s Count Basie. Among the soloists are pianist Pete Jolly, trumpeters Snooky Young and Ron Stout, trombonist Andy Martin, and tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb. Nothing at all unexpected happens (the music is a bit derivative) on such numbers as "The Blues Machine," "It's a Wonderful World," "88 Basie Street," and "The Heat's On," but Count Basie fans will certainly enjoy the swinging results.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow