Bassist Red Kelly remembers the Woody Herman Third Herd's triumphal tour of Europe in 1954: "We weren't used to that kind of adulation. We were treated like rock stars are today. They tried to get the buttons off of our coast and all that stuff." The fans were not alone in their enthusiasm. The French critic and impresario Charles Delaunay herded several of Herman's sidemen into a recording studio for two small-group sessions that illuminated the talents of saxophonist Bill Perkins, bass trumpt Cy Toouff, trumpeter Dick Collins, pianist Ralph Burns, and other solist from the band, along with promiment Fench musicians. The same year, in San Francisco, Collins was featured in recordings with several of his colleagues from the band. The Paris and San Francisco sessions give us stimulating extracurricular music by some of the talented young musicians Herman assembled during one of his greatest periods.