The music on this LP is not all that "modern" except compared to the collectors' label IAJRC's usual releases which are from the 1920s. Some of the top trumpeters of the bop era are heard on some of their rarer recordings. Red Rodney performs four titles in 1952 with a slightly R&Bish group that includes the tenor of Buddy Savitt. Conte Candoli jams two numbers in 1953 with a sextet also featuring Ira Sullivan on tenor. Dizzy Gillespie plays "Chris 'N Dizz" and "Purple Shouts" with his 1953 quintet while the eight titles on side two of this LP showcase Howard McGhee in three different settings: with a septet that includes tenors Lucky Thompson and Jack McVea for a live version of "Ornithology," on four titles with tenors J.D. King and Teddy Edwards, and with a septet that has a vocal by Earl Coleman. Most of these performances have not been reissued on CD, making this LP (which may still be available through the label) worth picking up by bop fans.
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