During the 1950-54 period, Davis's erratic personal life was hurting his career, resulting in many lost opportunities and relatively few recording dates. Despite his personal problems, virtually all of his recordings from this era are excellent if a bit underrated. This double LP contains three superior sessions, among the earliest hard bop performances; in fact drummer Art Blakey and pianist Horace Silver are among the sidemen (along with trombonist J.J. Johnson, altoist Jackie McLean and Jimmy Heath on tenor). "Tempus Fugit," "C.T.A." and "Take Off" are overlooked classics while "It Never Entered My Mind" (the only performance on which the trumpeter is muted) looks toward his ballad recordings from the latter part of the 1950s. All of this recommended music has since been reissued on two CDs.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow