The 22nd LP in the collector's label Joyce's Charlie Barnet series contains a great deal of valuable (and mostly rare) recordings. All but the final selection (a fine version of "Spain") dates from March-August 1949, a period when Charlie Barnet led a very spirited bop big band. The trumpet section featured Rolf Ericson, John Howell, Ray Wetzel, Doc Severinson and Maynard Ferguson, and could really scream. This set has extended versions of "Portrait of Edward Kennedy Ellington" and "Rhapsody in Blue"; an arrangement of "All the Things You Are" (featuring Maynard Ferguson) that was so radical that the Jerome Kern estate succeeded in having the record withdrawn; modern charts by Manny Albam, Pete Rugolo and Tiny Kahn ("Over the Rainbow"); and a showcase for the vocals of Dave Lambert and Buddy Stewart on "Bebop Spoken Here." This is an essential but hard-to-find release. When will Capitol get around to reissuing this valuable music on CD?
Charlie Barnet in Discographical Order, Vol. 22 Review
by Scott Yanow