A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.
I dropped the needle on a copy of this record a year or so ago and heard amazing you-are-there live jazz club sound, and, more importantly, a hot session from one of our favorite saxophone players of all time, the man who contributed mightily to the likes of Kind of Blue, Somethin’ Else, Know What I Mean? and many more. For an Alto player Cannonball is just about as good as it gets.
Fast forward one year and we now have in our possession enough copies to do a proper shootout – originals and reissues on a variety of labels.
This copy was of course one of the best we heard. It’s big, rich and natural. It actually does manage to sound like a live club, even though it’s live in the studio, playing to an audience. (The AMG review has more on that.)
For mainstream jazz it’s hard to think of any album on our site that would be more enjoyable. (more…)