This first of two volumes of Stan Getz airchecks from the 1950s features the tenor saxophonist with a variety of small groups, plus a guest appearance soloing with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra playing the maestro's "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)." Getz is in great form throughout this CD, while the sound quality is generally good, though all members of each band aren't audible on some tracks. In addition to a bevy of standards, Getz is heard playing Count Basie's swinging blues "Feather Merchant," John Lewis' "Fontessa," and the now obscure "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?" One serious defect is the sloppy listing of credits, with a number of incorrect composer credits, names omitted and misspelled. While serious Getz collectors will want to search for this out of print compilation, it falls short of being an essential CD for most cool jazz fans.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden