Liner Note Author: Nat Hentoff.
Photographer: Georges Braunschweig.
Impresario Norman Granz was known for packaging superb groups of all-stars in his Jazz at the Philharmonic tours and this 1975 concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival is no exception. With a stellar lineup including Clark Terry, Roy Eldridge, Benny Carter, Zoot Sims, Tommy Flanagan, Joe Pass, Keter Betts, and Bobby Durham, the septet opens the performance with a blazing standard, the old chestnut "For You." Both Eldridge and Terry play superb muted trumpet solos in "Autumn Leaves," sandwiching Carter's always potent alto. The breezy "Sunday" (which was omitted from the LP and CD issues of this concert) is a welcome addition, with Terry back on flugelhorn, while he also takes top solo honors in "If I Had You." The finale is a rousing take of "I Never Knew." The musicians are obviously enjoying themselves throughout the set, though Durham's drums are a bit too prominent in the audio mix. Well photographed and edited, this is an essential DVD for bop fans. ~ Ken Dryden