Although sometimes issued under the names of Coleman Hawkins and Pee Wee Russell, the two great jazzmen don't actually appear together on this early-'60s compilation. The music, which is performed by two all-star groups with arrangements by either Jimmy Hamilton or Al Sears, is generally modern swing. Hawkins' band is comprised of trumpeter Joe Newman, trombonist J.C. Higginbottom, clarinetist Hamilton, altoist Hilton Jefferson, and a four-piece rhythm section. Pianist Cliff Jackson plays "I Want to Be Happy," and clarinetist Russell's outfit also features trumpeter Joe Thomas, trombonist Vic Dickenson, and both Al Sears and Buddy Tate on tenors. Nothing all that memorable or innovative occurs, but the performances are enjoyable.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow