This was the first 10-inch LP released by Contemporary, and one of the most popular of the many Lighthouse All-Stars albums from the 1950s. It has been continually requested by fans, but never been reissued on compact disc until now. Recorded as the West Coast movement was kicking into high gear, it captures the enthusiasm of the young players at the center of the Southern California jazz scene, the good-natured encouragement and enjoyment of the Lighthouse audience, and the interaction between musicians and listeners. The original selections feature Howard Rumsey, Shorty Rogers, Russ Freeman, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, Milt Bernhart, and Shelly Manne. Three previously unissued performances by a different edition of the All-Stars include Chet Baker sitting in with Rolf Ericson, Bud Shank, Claude Williamson, Max Roach, Cooper, and Rumsey. Musicians and patrons are laughing and grooving, the cash register is ringing, and the atmosphere is full of good feeling. This is West Coast jazz in full bloom.
Milt Bernhart, Shorty Rogers, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, Russ Freeman, Howard Rumsey, Shelly Manne, Rolf Ericson, Chet Baker, Bud Shank, Claude Williamson, Lorraine Geller, Max Roach