When the French pianist Henri Renaud organized recording sessions in New York in early 1954, he sought out prominent musicians who often played at Birdland. For the pieces on this second volume of The Birdlanders, he assigned leadership of one group to bassist Oscar Pettiford, with Renaud and drummer Max Roach (under the pseudonym "Maxwell Rich") also in the rhythm section. The front line was trombonist Kai Winding, tenor saxophonist Al Cohn, and guitarist Tal Farlow. Cohn led a quartet date with Renaud, bassist Gene Ramey, and drummer Denzil Best. That Renaud was able to assemble such substantial talent is a reminder of the rich New York jazz scene in the mid-1950s. The results of his efforts are music that endures.
East Lag, Marcel the Furrier, Rhumblues, Stardust, Ondine, Burt’s Pad, You Stepped Out of a Dream, Lazy Things, Ny’s Idea #1, Once in a While, Ny’s Idea #2
with Oscar Pettiford, Al Cohn, Kai Winding, Tal Farlow, Henri Renaud, Max Roach, Gene Ramey, Denzil Best