This is a consistently inspired sextet date featuring the great tenor Illinois Jacquet. Released by the French Black & Blue label and made available in the U.S. by the now-defunct Classic Jazz on an LP, the set teams Jacquet with complementary mainstream players: trumpeter Francis Williams, trombonist Al Cobbs, pianist Milt Buckner, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Oliver Jackson. Jacquet and his sidemen put plenty of spirit into basic jam tunes including "Rock A Bye Basie," "Broadway' and "Taps Miller," coming across like a small-group from Count Basie's Orchestra. Fun and swinging music.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow