Personnel: Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone, piano); Nancy Overton (vocals); Teddy Charles (vibraphone); Jimmy Raney (guitar); Teddy Kotick (bass); Mel Lewis, Ed Shaughnessy (drums).
Recorded January 6, 1954 and June 30, 1955. Originally released on Prestige (7066). "Star Eyes" and "Nobody's Heart" originally released on New Jazz (8294). Includes original release liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1989, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone, piano); Nancy Overton (vocals); Jimmy Raney (guitar); Teddy Charles (vibraphone); Mel Lewis, Ed Shaughnessy (drums).
Liner Note Author: Ira Gitler.
Recording information: Hackensack, NJ (01/06/1954/06/30/1955); New York, NY (01/06/1954/06/30/1955).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Ira Gitler; Bob Weinstock; Bob Brookmeyer Quartet; Nancy Overton; Jimmy Raney; Mel Lewis; Teddy Charles; Teddy Kotick; Ed Shaughnessy; Bob Brookmeyer.
This CD reissue has four selections apiece from two different bands, both of which feature subtle interplay and cool tones. Bob Brookmeyer plays valve trombone and piano on two songs apiece with his 1955 quartet, a group also including guitarist Jimmy Raney, bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Mel Lewis. The other half of this disc is actually led by vibraphonist Teddy Charles who features Brookmeyer on both of his instruments along with bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Ed Shaughnessy; Nancy Overton takes a vocal on "Nobody's Heart." Although the overall set is not all that essential, the music is pleasing and reasonably creative. ~ Scott Yanow