From note one, this band is swinging and In the Pocket! Amongst the first dozen recordings issued by the then-fledgling Concord Jazz label, these two inspired sextet sessions - co-led by Herb Ellis and Ray Brown - virtually defined the early Concord Jazz sound. Disc One - After You've Gone - captured this amalgamation of all-star jazzmen an unbridled jam, live at the Concord Jazz Festival. Disc Two - HotTracks, with Mike Melvoin replacing George Duke in the lineup - documents the hard-swinging stalwarts jamming in an encore session in the recording studio. These two Concord Jazz classics are a must for anyone who likes fun-loving, swinging jazz.
Collective personnel: Herb Ellis (guitar), Ray Brown (bass), with Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet), Plas Johnson (saxophone), Jake Hanna (drums), George Duke (piano), Mike Melvoin (piano/keyboards)
"...a kind of competitive swagger that is seldom captured on record...things happen that have to be played a half dozen times to be believed." - Phil Elwood, San Francisco Examiner