Here are a pair of early and rare bebop sessions, recorded by Detroiters Jackson and Stitt in their hometown. On a majority of the tracks, recorded in April 1948, the sextet also includes trumpeter Russell Jacquet and pianist Sir Charles Thompson. The final four titles, from a second April ’48 date, feature a quintet that is a proto-MJQ, with Jackson, John Lewis, and Kenny Clarke joined by Milt’s brother Al on bass and the great conga drummer Chano Pozo in one of his few recordings. Four previously unreleased selections, included as CD bonus tracks, are from a third April 1948 session under the leadership of Russell Jacquet and also featuring Stitt and J.J. Johnson.
with Russell Jacquet, Sir Charles Thompson, John Lewis, Al Jackson, Kenny Clarke, Chano Pozo, J.J. Johnson, Leo Parker