This album is part of a series of budget imports from Warner that pull from their huge archives to highlight some of jazz's most classic musicians. Compilations, especially budget-line collections, tend to be either boring greatest-hits lists that any fan would already own or poorly recorded live tracks that sound like they issued from the inside of somebody's bathtub. This series is neither, combining quality live tracks with the truly classic studio recordings from each artist. Highlights on this album include "When You're Smiling," "Jeepers Creepers," and "Lullaby of Birdland."
AllMusic Review by Stacia Proefrock