In The Pocket
  • CAT # CCD2-2154-25

    DISC ONE  
    1. After You've Gone 8:13
    2. Mitch's Lament 8:17
    3. Home Grown 6:26
    4. Mood Indigo 6:52
    5. Detour Ahead 6:28
    6. Fatty McSlatty 9:48
    7. Flintstones II 6:07
    DISC TWO  
    1. Onion Roll 4:24
    2. Spherikhal 4:53
    3. But Beautiful 5:23
    4. Blues For Minnie 4:39
    5. Bones 5:53
    6. So's Your Mother 5:18
    7. Squatty Roo 3:08
    8. Sweetback 4:27

From note one, this band is swinging and In the Pocket! Amongst the first dozen recordings issued by the then-fledgling Concord Jazz label, these two inspired sextet sessions - co-led by Herb Ellis and Ray Brown - virtually defined the early Concord Jazz sound. Disc One - After You've Gone - captured this amalgamation of all-star jazzmen an unbridled jam, live at the Concord Jazz Festival. Disc Two - Hot Tracks, with Mike Melvoin replacing George Duke in the lineup - documents the hard-swinging stalwarts jamming in an encore session in the recording studio. These two Concord Jazz classics are a must for anyone who likes fun-loving, swinging jazz.

Collective personnel: Herb Ellis (guitar), Ray Brown (bass), with Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet), Plas Johnson (saxophone), Jake Hanna (drums), George Duke (piano), Mike Melvoin (piano/keyboards)

"...a kind of competitive swagger that is seldom captured on record...things happen that have to be played a half dozen times to be believed." - Phil Elwood, San Francisco Examiner

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