In planning this date, the first man that came to mind was Nat Pierce. He had been a friend of Pee Wee's for a long time, and understood and respected his music, and an arranger who abhors the non-essential in his scoring. The next was Coleman Hawkins, with whom Pee Wee had not recorded since the 1929 Mound City Blue Blowers session that produced the extraordinary 'One Hour' and 'Hello Lola'. Bob Brookmeyer was a natural addition because his playing reflects his love and comprehension of the whole of the jazz tradition. The long under appreciated Emmett Berry had the capacity to always sound fresh and thoroughly involved emotionally. In addition to Nat Pierce on the piano, the rest of the rhythm section fell into logical place- the flowing Jo Jones, a listening drummer, and the strong big -toned Milt Hinton who never stopped learning more about the expressive capacities of his instrument.
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