Rolling Stone - 3/24/94, p.97
"...superbly understated playing..."
Personnel: Lucky Thompson (tenor saxophone), Jimmy Cleveland (trombone), Hank Jones, Don Abney (pianos), Skeeter Best (guitar), Oscar Pettiford (acoustic bass), Osie Johnson (drums).
Tracks 1-8 are mono recordings. Tracks 9-16 are in stereo.
Personnel: Lucky Thompson (tenor saxophone); Clifton Best, Skeeter Best (guitar); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Don Abney, Hank Jones (piano); Osie Johnson (drums).
Recording information: New York, NY (01/24/1956-12/12/1956).
Lucky Thompson creates a host of spectacular improvisations on the 16 songs on this wonderful CD reissue. It is comprised of two 1956 sessions; one features Thompson heading a trio backed by bassist Oscar Pettiford and guitarist Skeeter Best, and the other has him heading either a quartet or quintet including the great trombonist Jimmy Cleveland. Cleveland's smooth, superbly articulated phrases and statements rank alongside Thompson's gliding lines in their brilliance, and pianist Hank Jones (on three cuts) also sparkles with some marvelous solos. But Thompson is the star on this date, his elegant yet robust and exuberant playing demonstrating again what a loss his voluntary departure from the scene has constituted. ~ Ron Wynn