This compilation features the second half of Duke Ellington's set at the 1960 Monterey Jazz Festival, along with a separate set by the Cannonball Adderley Quintet from the same year. Ellington's selections come from a later set following his band's performance, with the emphasis on Jimmy Rushing's bluesy but always swinging vocals. Instead of singing Ellington's songs, Rushing draws three songs from his years with Count Basie, along with the standard "On the Sunny Side of the Street." The singer sounds a bit hoarser than normal, but he wins over the crowd easily. A final instrumental track, "Red Carpet," from Ellington's "Toot Suite," completes the band's performance. The fidelity makes it sound as if the recording was made with a microphone placed near the rhythm section, as it is overly prominent compared to the horns and reeds. Although the drums are prominent on Adderley's tracks as well, the overall sound is far more balanced. The alto saxophonist charges straight through Jimmy Heath's hard bop "Big P," while Frank Rosolino's "Blue Daniel" is a loping jazz waltz. Sam Jones' "The Chant" has a definite gospel flavor and prominently features the composer on bass. Nat Adderley adapted an Israeli folk tune into "The Old Country," with its composer's muted cornet swinging it along. The exciting gospel-flavored favorite "Dis Here," by Adderley's former pianist Bobby Timmons, closes their exciting set.
AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden