Herbie Harper played for Charlie Barnet, Gene Krupa, and Benny Goodman in the last years of the Swing Era and established himself as a superior trombonist. In 1947, with bands dwindling, he found employment in the film, broadcasting, and recording studios of Hollywood. Harper continued his involvement with jazz not only as a player but as an organizer and inspirational force. By 1953, when Los Angeles was becoming the focal point of so-called West Coast Jazz, Harper was in the thick of it. His recordings for the small Nocturne label featured some of the bright stars of the period. They included the remarkable baritone saxophonist Bob Gordon, pianist Jimmy Rowles, and Bud Shank, heard here on tenor and baritone saxes rather than his customary alto and flute. Harper's horn, by turns quicksilver and blowsy, sets the pace.
with Bob Gordon, Jimmy Rowles, Harry Babasin, Roy Harte, Al Hendrickson, Bud Shank, Marty Paich