The music on this CD can easily be divided into two parts. Pianist George Wein put together a particularly interesting version of the Newport Jazz All Stars in 1966, featuring cornetist Ruby Braff, tenorman Bud Freeman, baritonist Gerry Mulligan (who also takes a hot alto solo on "Bernie's Tune"), bassist Jack Lesberg, and drummer Buddy Rich. Each of the horn players and Rich have their own features, but it is the two free-for-alls ("Rose Room" and "Bernie's Tune") that are most exciting. In addition, pianist Teddy Wilson (with Rich and bassist Gene Taylor) swings on four standards, and welcomes trumpeter Clark Terry on three others, two of which feature Terry's exuberant vocals ("I Want a Little Girl" and "Mumbles"). This is a jubilant set of reasonably well-recorded music, put out for the first time on this English CD.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow