This project took it's cue from two earlier albums Shelly Manne & Friends' My Fair Lady the 1956 session that started the Jazz-swings-Broadway trend, and Chet trumpeter Chet Baker's poetic ballad collection recorded at the turn of 1958-59.
As on the former album, the music here comes from the then-reigning theatrical team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe; while, as on the latter, Baker's intimate inventions benefit from the uncommon septet arrangements of Herbie Mann and the supporting presence of Mann, Pepper Adams, and (on four tracks) Bill Evans. Adding to the winning approach here is the presence of Zoot Sims, who blows alto sax as well as tenor, and the recording debut of the estimable drummer Clifford Jarvis.
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