This album was recorded a short time after Quincy's band came back to America following almost a year in Europe. Benny had been away much longer, having lived in Europe since 1953.
For his first American album, Benny chose four colleagues from the Quincy Jones band - Phil woods, Buddy Catlett, Les Spann and Julius Watkins. He picked Tommy Flanagan and Art Taylor to complete the rhythm section and to achieve diversity, he commissioned several arrangers.
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