This album fits alongside some of the greatest jazz albums ever recorded. Few musicians could get the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Artt Blakely and Sam Jones to be part of the quintet. In the original liner notes by Leonard Feather he comments that it is the coming together of the various jazz styles that makes this album work. He says that this leads to a “cohesive quality of their concerted efforts”. The album manages to capture a moment in time prior to the recording of Miles Davis's Kind of Blue.
This is one of the most rhythmically innovative albums in jazz history and one of the first to consciously explore time signatures outside of the standard beat and ranks as one of the most popular jazz albums ever. This is testament to Brubeck and Desmond's abilities as composers and their love of the west coast sound. Time out takes jazz swing to another level.
Charles Mingus' debut for columbia, is a stunning production of his talents and probably the best reference point for beginners. The band includes longtime Mingus stalwarts John Handy, Shafi Hadi, Brooker Ervin; Jimmy Knepper Willie Dennis, Horace Parlan; and Dannie Richmond. This razor-sharp performance may well be Mingus' greatest most emotionally varied set of compositions.