Kenny Clarke's 11-year collaboration with Francy Boland produced many fine records, but most of them have not reappeared as CDs. Happily, this 1962 session is once again available, showcasing the Clark-Boland Big Band's mix of top-notch European and expatriated American musicians. Boland wrote all of the arrangements and four of the six songs, with his "Long Note Blues (Here Is Cecco Peppe)" opening the album with a flourish. Cole Porter's "Get out of Town" has a Thelonious Monk-like introduction and recurring motif, alternating with the muted brass. Clarke's "Sonor" is another burning blues, featuring tenor saxophonist Ronnie Scott and Billy Mitchell along with trumpeters Benny Bailey and Idrees Suileman. Although pretty brief by CD standards at just 34 minutes 26 seconds, there's absolutely no filler in this highly recommended CD.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden