Bebop acts, essentially, as a sampler for producer/impresario Joel Dorn's now defunct 32 Jazz label. Most of the tunes here were written by the noted founders of the music -- Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell -- while the performers include Sonny Stitt, Cedar Walton, Houston Person, Don Patterson, Richie Cole, Sonny Criss and others were deeply influenced by the music, and recorded for either Dorn, Muse Records, or another label that Dorn licensed from. Only Stitt is recognized as being from the era itself. Criss, for instance, came from the West Coast jazz era during the late '50s and plays a Gershwin tune here in semi-bop style. There isn't anything wrong with this per se, all the music either has its roots or branches in bop, but it would be tough to define the music itself by these rather adjunct performances.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek