Joe Gordon was born in Boston, MA. Thisrelatively unknown artist died in his prime (1928-1963) in virtual anonymity. However, gifted jazz musicians such as Charlie "the Bird" Parker, DizzyGillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Shelly Manne held Gordon in high regard and asked him to sit in on a few treasured recordings. Recorded in July 1961, this recently re-released CD was Gordon's second recording, each song is mentioned indetail on the CD's insert jacket. Gordon painstakingly explained not only what each song was about but also who the songs were dedicated to. Gordon also depicted the inherent musical theory and chord structure behind each selection; something rarely if ever seen these days. Joe and the other fine members of this bandplayedan upbeat tempo jazz, combined with some great improvisations that I really enjoyed.Check out Non-Viennese Waltz Blues and You're The only Girl In The Next World For Me to get a feeling of what this master was all about.