Jimmy Raney's soft but very creative style on guitar is often overlooked compared to other players who got more press. This long-out-of-print LP features Raney leading three different groups. Valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer is the star soloist during a burning interpretation of Cole Porter's "So in Love" and the lovely ballad "Last Night When We Were Young." With pianist Hall Overton, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Osie Johnson, Raney's fluid solo in an easygoing take of "Indian Summer" is a high point. Another lineup includes tenor saxophonist Al Cohn, pianist Johnny Williams, bassist Whitey Mitchell (Red's brother), and drummer Jack Edie tackling a superb arrangement of Johnny Mandel's "Passport to Pimlico" and Bob Brookmeyer's snappy "Fanfare," in which the composer doesn't make an appearance. The high level of playing by everyone involved make this release something of value to any bop fan, but this record, if located at all, will command a premium price due to its rarity.
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