This Audiophile CD release is comprised of 22 brief performances (generally 2-2 1/2 minutes apiece) that were originally recorded as radio transcriptions (rather than commercial records). Altoist Gene Quill and tenorman Al Cohn (one of the main arrangers) are the main soloists on the big-band selections while Lawrence (on piano) is also featured in a sextet with guitarist Mary Osborne and Tyree Glenn (who doubles on trombone and vibes). The music ranges from middle-of-the-road instrumental pop and swing to hints of bop and dixieland. Although not a major release, this CD does have enjoyable performances and is one of the few Elliot Lawrence recordings currently available.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow