Herbie Fields was a swing saxophonist who occasionally played over the top and eventually found it difficult to adjust to the bebop era. He gained some recognition for his work with Lionel Hampton but never really caught on. This collector's CD has a previously unreleased live session from 1947 and four songs from obscure dates in 1953. Fields sounds in top form on the former set, playing music that falls between swing and bop in a septet also including trumpeter Doug Mettome (who is heard taking some of his best solos), trombonist Frank Rosolino, and drummer Tiny Kahn. The band jams happily on such songs as "Indiana," "Tiny's Blues," "The Way You Look Tonight," and "Lemon Drop." The numbers from 1953 have Fields leading a similar group with trumpeter Jimmy Nottingham. Bop and late swing collectors will want this enjoyable and swinging CD.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow