On the third of six Xanadu LPs that reissue little-known early bop sessions, there are more than its share of highlights. Trombonist Kai Winding heads a quintet with tenor-saxophonist Warne Marsh and pianist Billy Taylor; two of the four selections have fine vocals from the forgotten Melvin Moore. Trumpeter Tony Fruscella had one of his few opportunities to lead a session in 1952 and his septet (with altoist Herb Geller and Phil Urso on tenor) is in excellent form on four numbers. Probably the most memorable set is the one led by Sam Most (doubling on clarinet and flute) which also features trumpeter Doug Mettome, trombonist Urbie Green and Bob Dorough on piano. Most, one of the pioneers of the jazz flute, actually plays clarinet (which he rarely touched in later years) on five of the seven selections, showing off some virtuoso chops on "Notes to You" (a tribute to Benny Goodman). This LP (and the five others in the valuable series) is essential for bop collectors who want to expand their knowledge beyond the most famous recordings.
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