Not every track on this compilation is representative of the best of the bop era, however, the strong tracks more than make up for the weak ones. Highlights include Dexter Gordon's "Misty," Thelonius Monk's "Darn That Dream," and "Jump for Joy" by Duke Ellington. Songs by Freddie Hubbard and Lee Konitz also help round out the collection.
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AllMusic Review by Stacia Proefrock