The Juggernaut has remained remarkably consistent during its over two decades as a Count Basie-inspired big band, despite the death of its co-leader pianist/arranger Nat Pierce in 1992. Under the direction of drummer Frank Capp, the Juggernaut has recorded exclusively for Concord, resulting in just six albums during its first 20 years, all of which are represented on the dozen selections included on this 1998 sampler. Among the key soloists of the all-star groups heard on this disc are tenor saxophonists Bob Cooper, Pete Christlieb, Red Holloway, and Rickey Woodard, altoists Marshall Royal and Lanny Morgan, trumpeters Bill Berry, Conte Candoli and Snooky Young, and Ernie Andrews and Ernestine Anderson on vocals. A good overview.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow