The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states: "Rollins was in consistently creative form during this prime period but the overall set is not as classic as most of the tenor's other recordings from the 1950s."The Penguin Guide to Jazz gives the album four stars out of four and describes is as being "almost as good as Colossus, with the ferocious abstractions of 'B Swift' and 'B Quick' contrasting with the methodical, almost surgical destruction of 'Sonny Boy'."
Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Kenny Drew - piano
George Morrow - bass
Max Roach - drums
Earl Coleman - vocals (tracks 3 & 5)