This is a by-the-numbers run through of 21 jazz standards played in three different club sessions in Los Angeles. The flavor is typical laid-back West Coast style with Lee Konitz and Gerry Mulligan, and Chet Baker. The rhythm sections were slightly more interesting: the first and third gigs included bassist Carson Smith and drummer Larry Bunker, the second replaced Bunker with Chico Hamilton, whose sprightly sense of swing and dynamic pushed the trio a bit harder than they seemed to want to play here. The material is unexceptional, but the sound on the CD is fine indeed. For West Coast jazz-heads only.
Complete 1953 the Haig Performances Review
by Thom Jurek