Illinois Jacquet (1922-2002) became a household name in 1941 when Lionel Hampton’s "Flying Home" was a hit largely because of the 19-year-old tenor man’s frenetic, acrobatic, unforgettable solo. Later, with Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Jazz At The Philharmonic, and his own bands, Jacquet capitalized on his unique ability to excite audiences. But whether at frantic tempos or in soulful ballads, Jacquet’s masterly sense of structure and dynamics have always been at the heart of his playing. In this 1968 session, all aspects of his musicianship are on display. "Bottoms Up" continues the "Flying Home" tradition. The haunting "You Left Me All Alone" is a classic example of Jacquet’s incomparable way with the ballad.