The tunes here include his bop standards "Our Delight," "Lady Bird," and "The Squirrel," as well as other excellent but less well-known pieces such as "Casbah," which has wordless, operatic-style singing by Rae Pearl; "Sid's Delight," recorded later by Miles Davis as "Tadd's Delight;" and two pretty ballads, "I Think I'll Go Away" and "Heaven's Doors Are Wide Open." Dameron's distinctive arrangements feature widely spread voicings and rich, grainy saxophone sounds. He often wrote for groups with powerful lead trumpeters (e.g., Webster and Fats Navarro), heard on a number of tracks here. Navarro solos wonderfully. An astonishing technician, he could play at least as fast and high as Gillespie, but he articulated cleanly and had a bigger tone. Miles Davis also shows up on this album, as does an array of great musicians, including Ernie Henry, Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Charlie Rouse, Allen Eager, J.J. Johnson, and Kai Winding.
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