Though there are no surprises on the album like long lost cuts or unreleased takes each track is good. A true fan of each artist probably has already heard many of these cuts. Freddie Hubbard playing "Up Jumped Spring" or Miles Davis’ version of "I’ll Remember April" are well known classics. A few fun standouts in this collection are Count Basie playing "Royal Garden Blues" just with his quartet. It is always a treat to hear the Count just do his thing at the piano and of course you know it will swing your socks off. Another gem is Clifford Brown’s classic "Joy Spring" played by the wonderful Larry Coryell and Emily Remler just as a duo. There is also a nice version of "Too Young to Go Steady" sung by Karrin Allyson. Susannah McCorkle also does a pleasant version of Jobim’s "The Waters Of March". It is just a shame the album does not let you know which album each track was taken from so you can easily hear more from all these great artists or get the compete album and find out who else in performing with them on the track.
This CD is definitely aimed at the jazz listener who enjoys beautifully played music. Each track will leave the listener relaxed and ready to embrace the fresh new season of spring. You can see the flowers budding no matter if it is in March or April, spring is defiantly not late this year, in fact you can now take it with you all year round.