For listeners wanting to move beyond the epochal bebop sides cut by Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, this fine import showcasing Fats Navarro, Sonny Stitt, and Bud Powell is a good place to start. Also known loosely as the Bebop Boys, the various contingents featured here cut some of the most engaging work of the bop period. That's particularly true of the first eight cuts here ("Bebop in Pastel," "Serenade to a Square"), which feature Stitt, Powell, and trumpeter Kenny Dorham all swinging fleet and fast. Equally engaging are the four sides by Navarro, Dorham, and Stitt, including bop classics "Webb City" and "Fat Boy." Unfortunately, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis dominates the remainder of the disc with his bar-honking tenor; thankfully, though, the eight tracks he's on still make it through intact compliments of Navarro's witty lines. Some top bop from beyond the headlines.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook