All tracks have been digitally remastered using 24-Bit technology.
As part of the John Hammond Masters series, this combines two dates that Hammond produced for the label in the 1950s. The first is a septet date in 1953, which yielded nice versions of "Jeepers Creepers" and "Russian Lullaby" to close the disc. The rest of the collection comes from an album entitled Vic Dickenson Showcase, Volume 2, recorded in 1954 in the company of Edmond Hall on clarinet, Sir Charles Thompson on piano, Walter Page on bass, Steve Jordan on guitar, Jo Jones on drums, and Shad Collins and Ruby Braff sharing the trumpet honors. Solid, no-nonsense versions of "Running Wild," "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," and "Everybody Loves My Baby" are the high spots here. Dickenson had a broad, almost brassy and declamatory style on trombone, but no one's mastery of melody was any better. A classic that deserves to be reissued. ~ Cub Koda